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The insider’s view of Downtown’s culture, food, drinks, and the people who shape it.


Jack's Wholesale

Jack's Wholesale

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Behold a Promise Land for a craving sweet tooth, a super warehouse to challenge all diabetics and a dentist’s worst nightmare - it’s Jack’s Wholesale Candy and Toy Company at Central Avenue and 8th. This 42,000 square foot candy distribution center is open to the public for wholesale candy from childhood past to present pleasures. Towering at 20 feet tall, over 5,000 varieties of American and Mexican confections stock these Sequoia-like shelves to raise blood sugar levels off the chart.

The Ahamed family has been running Jack’s for over 30 years; supplying sweet confections for events, vending machines and pinatas for a sweet beat down. If candy is your drug then Jack’s is your dealer. The friendly staff will help guide you through the overwhelming maze of saccharine vices to choose among Hershey bars, jaw breakers, taffies or bulk bags full of red M&M’s. Whatever it is you crave, someone will happily lead you to get your fix.

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$8 will get you a 4 pound bag of sour gummies and for 6 bucks, 10 boxes of Yan-Yan is all yours. Prices are 30% cheaper than the average grocery store so you can save your money for other important party needs like soda. But wait a minute, where on earth could you find varieties of soda in excess? Head towards the back of Jack’s and find yourself face to face with a wall of fizzy splendor. There are hundreds of cases of drinks from Coca Cola to Jarritos and exotic Aloe Vera juice.

Take advantage of the free on site parking. Fill your trunk with goodies, drive away with empty wrappers and sticky fingers. Go forth with your loot, a deal this good qualifies as a steal.

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Written by:
Janica de Guzman
Photographed by:
Alyse Gilbert

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