The last time I wrote about Diana's Sweet Shoppe, the 1920s-era candy store that Gibson Guitars transported from Port Huron, Mich., and reopened on Lower Broadway, the store had fairly limited hours and no working phone number.
Looks like it's time for an update, especially since the day when we worship the bonbon gods, Valentine's Day, is coming up next week.
Happily for weekend candy warriors, Diana's hours have expanded to 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week. The kitchen closes at 7, but the front counter stays open for another hour to sell ice cream sundaes, fudge, colorful candies and other sweets.
As I learned when I visited a couple weeks ago, the fudge is made in the store and the sundaes are awesomely constructed with Pied Piper Creamery ice cream made in East Nashville. Interestingly, although Diana's opened during severe cold weather, the ice cream has been a hit. (So far creamery owner Jenny Piper has been able to keep up with demand.)
Floats and shakes are also served, but the Diana's team is still looking for the perfect ingredient to transform a shake into a malt. Fizzy, old-fashioned fountain sodas will also be added to the menu once the right syrups are selected.
The colorful old-school candies that line the glass shelves in the front part of the store rotate in and out based on popularity, with everything gummy going over particularly well with kids. Oldsters can reminisce over a bag of Bit-O-Honeys and recall the days when candy didn't come in flavors like Xtreme Frooty Blue Raspberry.
Diana's Sweet Shoppe is at 315 Broadway, next to Hatch Show Print. The phone number is 242-5397.