It began in 1994 with a dream. Ira Gutner packed his bags, left a successful career in New York City’s Garment District and moved upstate to open Samuel’s of Rhinebeck, a boutique candy and coffee shop in the heart of bucolic Dutchess County. Ira named his shop after his late Uncle Sam who introduced him as a boy to penny candy.
I began working for Ira as a 15-year-old after school and diligently worked my way up to store manager. Ira’s sudden passing in April 2014 left all of us in the community stunned and heartbroken.
And then came another dream. Just when it appeared that Samuel’s might have to close, three local families who knew and loved Ira and the shop stepped forward. As friends, they all shared a deep passion for Samuel’s and what it meant to Rhinebeck, to their children and to me. So they bought it!
Today we are known as Samuel’s Sweet Shop, and while our name has changed a little, our commitment to providing our customers the very best in candy, chocolate, coffee & tea, baked goods, sandwiches and other delicious treats hasn’t changed one bit. In fact, we’re working as hard as we can to make your experience with us better than ever.
So please take a walk through our site and get to know us better. And if you ever make it to Rhinebeck, take a walk down Market Street and stop in to our sweet little haven and say hello!
We hope to see you soon!