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Friday, April 4, 2014

Sweet Schimpff's and Perkfection - An Afternoon in Jeffersonville, IN

Looking for something to do with the kiddos (or the kiddos at heart) this spring break, on the cheap and in town?  Take a short drive, a breezy bike ride or a long walk across the 2
nd street bridge and back into time at Schimpff's Confectionary.  Located in historic downtown Jeffersonville, Schimpff's is like something straight out of the 1950s.  The homemade candies of all flavors and varieties, the old fashion soda fountain and ice cream, and the charm of its owners all bring back images of a gentler and carefree time. The place has been making candy since 1891 and named as a “hidden treasure” by the State of Indiana.

Candy Museum
Old style candies
Lots of sweets for your sweetie

Right next door is a living candy museum that pays tribute to candies of the past, ranging from candy memorabilia, vintage posters, machineries, etc.   Owners Jill and husband Warren Schimpff do a demonstration on how they make hard candies the old fashion way.  Their warm and humorous demonstration will keep the kids engaged.  You’ll also get a sweet treat at the end!  They’re doing demonstrations on the hour because of spring break, but you can call ahead and make an appointment for your group anytime, all free of charge.

You can grab lunch there (though the selection looks sparse) or walk a short block north on Spring Street to get a  delicious sandwich, soup or salad from Perkfection CafĂ©.  They also have a large selection of coffee and other drinks.  Sit at one of the tables outside, take in the breeze and enjoy a perfect spring afternoon/evening, all for less than $10/person. *UPDATE: Perkfection Cafe is CLOSED*