Overland Park & Leawood

Overland Park sweet spot brings on the smiles by everything selling taffy to Zombie Boogers

Updated: 2013-07-25T04:16:36Z

Zombie Boogers and Unicorn Poop never tasted so good.

The new locally owned Candy Time shop in Overland Park sells sweets from the traditional — old-fashioned taffy — to the creepy — 20-pound gummy skulls.

“I love seeing the kids’ faces when they walk in. That’s what I love the most because their jaws just drop,” said Brooke Wade, who owns the shop with her husband Mike Wade.

Candy Time, at 10069 W. 87th St., just west of QuikTrip, is divided into sections for easier shopping.

•  Taffy Time: more than 50 flavors

•  Random Time: includes French burnt peanuts, Boston Baked Beans, Candy Blox

•  Chocolate Time: includes Amaretto truffles, chocolate gold nuggets, chocolate-covered gummy bears, Sixlets, New York Espresso Coffee Bean Mix

•  Gummy Time: gummy bears, rainforest frogs, soldiers, sharks, cinnamon bears and more

•  Sour Time: includes Sour Patch Kids, sour stars, sour worms, sour watermelon

•  Gigantic Time: includes 6 1/2 pound gummy skulls, gummy shot glasses, a 5 pound ‘world’s largest’ gummy bear, giant SweetTarts

•  Creepy Time: includes Uncle Ernie’s Ashes (sour black cherry candy ash), Zombie Boogers (green apple flavored candy), Unicorn Poop (a variety of candy flavors), and Dragon Boogers (made with ghost peppers).

Other items include handbags, headbands, bracelets, and wallets made from candy wrappers, candy tins with themes from Betty Boop to Transformers, Tootsie Roll and Double Bubble pillows, and a Pucker Powder machine where customers can make their own Pucker Powder candy from a dozen different flavors.

But one candy craving led to it all — the taffy.

“I have family in Colorado and we would drive there just to get taffy,” Brooke Wade said.

Traqueros closes in Overland Park

Just a few months after opening, new restaurant concept Traqueros Fresh Mexican Grill has closed.

Scott Redler, a partner in the restaurant and co-founder of the Wichita-based Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, blamed the location at 11831 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

“We got great comments about the restaurant but I think it was a little too difficult for people to find,” Redler said, mentioning that Traqueros’ neighbor, Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, also recently closed on the corner.

Traqueros was a fast-casual concept where customers ordered and paid at the counter and items were made fresh to order. But unlike many fast-casual concepts, its servers also brought the orders to the table.

Redler said fans of Traqueros are asking him to reopen the restaurant in another location. But for now he is concentrating on opening three new area Freddy’s, including two new Johnson County locations.

Drunken Fish opens in Leawood

St. Louis-based Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant & Lounge is now open in Leawood’s Town Center Crossing (formerly One Nineteen) at 4331 W. 119th St., in the former Fo Thai spot. The space has been completely remodeled.

There also is a Drunken Fish in the Power & Light District.

Overland Park’s Joy Wok returns

Six months after a kitchen fire shut it down, Joy Wok plans to reopen Thursday after a major remodeling.

The restaurant, 11920 Metcalf Ave., in Overland Park, will have a larger sushi bar and a new hibachi grill.

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