TEANECK, N.J. — A crunchy bite into a salty pickle often brings a wave of nostalgia over Leonia native and Teaneck resident Alex Sukiennik.
Her favorite kinds came on sticks and were brought to her by her mom upon her arrival home from work at Picklelicious on Cedar Lane.
Sukiennik, 26, is hoping that the customers at her family's shop appreciate the value of pickles on sticks and penny candy that Picklelicious has been selling for two decades.
"My mom’s Jewish and always had a connection to pickles on the Lower East Side," said Sukiennik, whose mother — Robyn Samra — opened the first Picklelicious store in New York City in 1995. After losing her husband in 2001, she moved the shop to Teaneck.
"The things we have in the store bring memories of a childhood from grandma's house," Sukiennik said of the Bit-O-Honey chews, chocolate-covered nuts, specialty hummus and pickled condiments.
"There's some sort of connection for people to the things we have in the store."
Loyal Picklelicious customer Harry Szfranski has a connection to the store itself. He's been enjoying the whole sour pickles since the shop opened in New York City.
"You can't beat a classic," said Szfranksi of his favorite pickles. It's not just the product that puts a smile on his face, he said.
"It's like an old-time pickle, candy shop," Szfranski said. "Everyone who goes there comes out feeling good."
What's new to Szfranski and all customers is the newly-added gourmet salt bar with flavor options such as barbecue, rosemary and smoked.
Samra's latest addition to her selection is family-owned olive oil that Sukiennik and store employees pour into individual bottles.
"Everything we do is hand-packed," said Sukiennik, "special for the customers."
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