There are few things that can awaken childhood memories like candy. At the Chocolate Drop Candy Shoppe, owner Sue Wilson and her family have been in the business of nostalgia for 15 years.

“If there is a candy you loved as a child and you aren’t sure if it still exists,” said Wilson, 75, of Belfast, “chances are we sell it.”

The shelves, dispensers and display cases at the quaint candy store are a veritable homage to lost treasures. There are candy necklaces, Pixy Stix, Sky Bar, Sugar Daddy, Air Heads, Pop Rocks, Candy Cigarettes and Fun Dip. There are also hard-to-find imports from France, bulk dispensers of Jelly Belly jelly beans, rock candy, Salt Water Taffy and gourmet chocolate from Haven’s, a Westbrook-based company that has been hand-crafting chocolates since 1915.

When Wilson’s son, Paul Foster, opened The Chocolate Drop Candy Shoppe in December 1995, Wilson said, her son wanted to create an ambiance of nostalgia; he wanted a store that would recall the feel of the soda shops and candy shops her children frequented as kids.

In 1999, Foster sold the business to his mother, who said she had made few changes to the shop. She has kept mostly the same roster of candy, swapped out items only every so often, and paid close attention to what her regular customers rely on her to have. In fact the only thing that has changed much since the family opened the Main Street shop is the storefront’s hanging sign, which came down during heavy March winds.

“It was almost appropriate, really,” said Wilson’s daughter, Pam Colson, who came on board as the store manager two years ago. “It had been up for almost 15 years. It was time for a change.”

A new sign will be hung on the storefront some time around the end of June. The logo, a drop of chocolate dripping from the store’s name, will remain the same, but will incorporate more colors to “make it pop more,” Colson said.

Wilson looks back on her time at the shop as rife with challenges, but marked mostly by the joy of watching customers come into the store as toddlers and continue to come back after they’ve grown.

“I always wished I had kept a log of some of the things people say when they’re here,” said Wilson, who recalled a recent visit from a 4-year-old boy who, she said, “put his hands together and said, ‘Thank you God, I think I’ve died and gone to Heaven.'”

The shop has withstood damage from five floods and until recently Wilson worked the shop alone, taking care of the customers, the ordering and the shop itself. Wilson said despite the challenges, she always knew she would push through.

“The thought never occurred to me to close everything up,” she said. “I love this shop. It is such a fun, happy place.”

“I always tell people you come here in a bad mood, you leave happy,” said Colson.

Colson said since she joined the shop as manager, she has worked at expanding the shop’s scope, creating a Facebook page and initiating the beginnings of a Web site she hopes will be launched in the near future. She has also added shipping as a service to customers. Both Wilson and Colson said they hope adaptations like these will help ensure the shop’s survival for many years to come.

“I want to be able to keep this shop in the family and pass it on to my kids and grandkids,” said Wilson.

To celebrate the shop’s 15th anniversary, the Chocolate Drop is offering special discounts, including a 15 percent discount on every purchase of $15 or more on the 15th day of the month between June and December.

The Chocolate Drop Candy Shoppe, located on 60 Main St., is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 338-0566.