Kraynaks is a wonderful place to bring children before Easter and Christmas. At first, you will probably notice that it is a large toy store. It is a toy store, but that's not why you should go. What makes Kraynaks so special is the Christmasland (and Easter) displays! During the Christmas season and Easter season, Kraynaks has an area that you walk through and on both sides there are themed displays. The Christmas displays always have Christmas trees decorated lavishly. Some rooms have typical Christmas themes, like the nativity scene, elves, Santa, polar bears, etc. Others are themed with popular characters, like Sesame Street. They are very beautiful! All of the ornaments on the trees are also available in the store. At the end of Christmasland, children can then go to meet Santa Claus. The Easterland displays both religious themes, as well as those with the Easter Bunny.
When I was a child, Christmasland was one of the highlights of the Christmas season! Even now, I still enjoy going to see the displays! They always do a great job!
Daffin's Candy & Chocolates claim to be "The World's Largest Candy Store." And I don't dispute it. With over 300 bins of hard candies and even more flavours of gummy candies, there really is something for every sweet tooth. But, their real claim to fame is their "Chocolate Kingdom".
In the "Chocolate Kingdom" there are castles, trains, fairy tales and more made from chocolate. There are several 75 pound chocolate frogs, a 125 pound chocolate reindeer, a 400 pound turtle. Apparently, at their factory (which you can tour with 2 weeks advance notice) there is a 700 pound Chocolate Easter Rabbit!
When first walking into their largest store in Sharon, Pennsylvania I was expecting to see nothing but chocolate and candies, but they also have a LARGE selection of gifts and cards.
Monday thru Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
September 2 thru June 23, 8:00 am - 2:00pm
June 23 thru September 1, CLOSED
Bonus: Free sample when visiting the chocolate kingdom! I would best describe their plain chocolate as sinfully smooth with a hint of caramel, but you'll have to judge for yourself!
Tip: They have an amazing collection of Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans - try the 'Buttered Toast' or 'Tabasco-Cinnamon' flavours!
The only must see activity that I can offer would be to watch the sunset off of the hill in Buhl Park.
The view is wonderful, and if your an artist/painter that is the spot to sit down with your easel and paints.
The only warning I think should be noted is that the bridge that connected the north side with the south side of Sharon has just been imploded right behind Daffin's candies. Due to the constuction the freeway or Connelly Bulivard has been closed so there is alot of detours and backed up traffic around mid-sharon. Other than that, the only danger you'll encounter is the older citizens driving 2mph in front of you, and the possibility of getting run over by one of those annoying moterized scooters the kids like.
Click and watch the picture, the brige collapses.
The Winner. It's real nice if your willing to pay money and have a reason to buy anything really fancy, but I think going there would waste time. It is pretty big and easy to get lost in if you get up onto any of the higher levels. If anything the only reason I would go there is to walk in the door and first floor just to look at all of the elegant glamourous decorations, and to clap for the piano player.
Originally flown for the American hostages that were held in Iran between 1979 and 1981.
The story of this largest known display of flags in the world begins on November 4, 1979, when Iranian militant students took control of the American embassy and held 53 American citizens captive.
The owner of Hillcrest Memorial Park was convinced that this period in American history was too important to forget and determined to find a way to help Hermitage and the nation remember.
With the help of unemployed steel workers in the Valley and flags donated by the families of veterans buried at Hillcrest, an American flag for each day the hostages had been held, was raised.
2619 East State Street
When first coming into Sharon off of I-80, first impressions are not too welcoming. The huge, polluting factories and decaying industrial buildings are a sight for sore eyes.
However, the people here will win your heart over, a very hard working blue-collar town with a population of under 17,000. Their claim to fames are Daffins - the Worlds Largest Candy Store, and Reyers - the Worlds Largest Shoe Store. Nearby, is the 444 Flags Park which is quite the site to see.