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Powell's Sweet Shoppe Under New Management and Plans to Expand

Powell's Sweet Shoppe Under New Management and Plans to Expand
San Jose, CA, August 20, 2013 --( Powell’s Sweet Shoppe is proud to announce new ownership. San Jose resident, Bear Silber has purchased the franchise from Founder, Michael Powell. Mr. Powell will stay with the company in an advisory role. As of August 1, Bear has been operating as CEO and Owner of Powell’s Sweet Shoppe.

Bear first discovered Powell’s Sweet Shoppe as a customer in their Los Gatos and Willow Glen locations 6 years ago. Ever since “walking into a near paradise of chocolate and sweets,” he has been loyal follower. Now as owner he plans major expansion with the Powell’s Sweet Shoppe brand, including both corporate locations and new franchise locations. Powell’s Sweet Shoppe currently has 16 stores. In California from Laguna Niguel to Windsor, also in Bend, OR and Boise, ID. They are now planning more cities to be added to that list soon.

“We have created a strong community and foundation with our current franchise locations. Furthering that, I would like to build flagship corporate locations and have franchise stores surrounding it. That way they will all support each other,” says Bear. When asked where he will be placing new locations, Bear adds, “I would like to start in L.A., we’re looking at Pasadena, and then moving north to Portland and Seattle. We will be looking at all the quaint Main Streets along the way to find other locations as well. From there we would like to spread all across the U.S.”

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe plans to begin opening new franchise locations as early as the first quarter of 2014, and they are currently seeking interested parties.

When asked where he would most like to open a new store, Bear responds, “I would really love to have a Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown Palo Alto along University. I was born at Stanford Hospital and that area will always have a place in my heart, but if all goes right, I think Tokyo or London would be amazing. No matter where we end up, I want to make sure we remain strong to our roots and to the communities we are in. Myself, and everyone in this company, thinks of Powell’s as a place in the neighborhood where kids, adults and families can come together to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”


About Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe was founded in 2003 by Michael Powell with a mission to walk customers down memory lane and remind them of good things and good times. By 2009 Powell’s Sweet Shoppe had grown to 17 locations. Currently there are stores in California, Oregon and Idaho. Powell’s Sweet Shoppes carry all the candy from your childhood as well as gelato, soda and toys.The stores are wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling packed with sweets, color and fun. For more information please visit or

About Bear Silber
Bear Silber is the CEO and Owner of Powell’s Sweet Shoppe. He was born in California 31 years ago and still resides there. Bear simply wants to, “make life sweeter, one sweet at a time.” Just a mere 2 years ago Bear was facing a crippling disease, but after surgery and a bit of persistence he is back to full health. His optimism, strength and enthusiasm come from his struggles, and his past trials are what drive him today. He can be found with his dog Charlie Bucket by his side, riding around town in his Candy Red car, license plate CNDYMN. He has dreams of setting the candy industry on fire and thinks “there should be a Powell’s Sweet Shoppe close enough to everyone, so they can enjoy it as much as I do.”


For more information on Powell’s Sweet Shoppe please contact: or call (408) 357-0386.

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