After several months of negotiations (during which I was commanded to keep silent), I can finally write that the iconic, International Orange DOLLE'S sign that defined Rehoboth Beach will soon be a thing of the past. And sadly, so will the candy store that dominated that corner for so many years. Because of a lease disagreement and failing sales because of lockdowns and travel restrictions for J-1 students, the almost century-old candy shop will be moving off the Boardwalk into their Ibach's space several doors to the west. Tom Pachides and candymaker Rudolph Dolle created the Rehoboth Boardwalk business in 1927 as an offshoot of Dolle's store in Ocean City Md.
It will certainly be a sad day when that landmark sign comes down. Candy manufacturing equipment and packing facilities will eventually be moved out on to the highway. But, at least for a while, Dolle's will remain downtown.
We'll keep you posted!