Yalonda Howze, 41, literally grew up as a kid in a candy store. Her mother, Angel, ran a candy shop in Detroit, and that’s where Yalonda went every day after school to help. She’s a lawyer in Boston now, but she missed the allure of being surrounded by candy and recently opened the Cambridge shop Evelyn & Angel’s. The store is named for her late grandmother Evelyn, and her mother, who moved here to run it. “I know what people’s tastes are here, and my mom knows the candy business,” says Howze.
Confections at the Porter Square shop include San Francisco chocolatier Recchiuti, local chocolate makers, mixed nuts roasted in-house, bins of saltwater taffy from Salt Lake City, swirled lollipops, and ribbon candy. Howze learned how to make truffles, caramels, and chocolate liquor candies at L’Ecole Lenotre in France, and will sell her own crea-tions as well. She plans to roll out a 1950s soda fountain with cafe tables. Howze discovered that 40 years ago the store was a Brigham’s Ice Cream shop. “It’s very Americana,” she says. Evelyn & Angel’s, 1702 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge, 617-547-0165.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND