Friday, November 23, 2007

Our Daily Candy

Yes, that is a nod to the end-all-and-be-all of targeted trend-spotting and general purveyor of fun. But since there’s no Daily Candy Barcelona, you might need to know where to get your fix.

Tommy Tang and his partner, in business and in life, Christopher King, moved to Barcelona seven years ago with a dream: to turn their handmade candy business into an international brand. Back in Australia, from whence they came, Tommy had learned the candy-making trade from a master and Christopher was an industrial designer. Combine the two and you get Papabubble – delicious and beautiful candies made before your very eyes at their shop on Carrer Ample.

How do we love them? Let us count the ways:
They perfume the street with sugary smells.
Their window displays are some of the best around. Anywhere in the world.
They make everything from racy adults-only lollipops to drops to satisfy your inner child or your very own children.
They’ve taken a mega-industrialized product back to its roots, but in a modern way.
They’ve given us a standard fallback for all presents: when in doubt about what to take to a dinner, a weekend away, to see someone’s new baby, Papabubble.
From a business standpoint they’re everything a business should be: innovative, tapping into mega-trends and bringing them to us at a local level, and they have a “corporate culture” that pervades everything they do: it’s got to be fun!

We’re not fooling ourselves: the word is out. They did a marketing gig for the Comme des Garçons fragrances 2 and 2Mun (sherbet powder inspired by the perfumes.) They’ve got stores in Tokyo (perfect place for them with its long-standing tradition of handmade sweets and crazy modern packaging designs and to boot Tommy speaks Japanese,) Amsterdam and now New York (to wit - Daily Candy scooped us on the opening of the NYC store. But then again, with a name like that, how could they not?). So their dream is coming true.

Dream on Papabubble!

Carrer Ample 28
tel. 93 268 8625

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see just how permeant virtual memory has become in our lives. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB port, haha. I guess it makes sense though, considering how much cheaper memory has become lately...

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