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Dec 28
Tuesday

Merkez Şekercisi: Through Rose-Flavored Gum Drops

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(Editor’s note: We are sad to report that after more than a century in business, Merkez Şekercisi has closed.)

Despite the surroundings, working as a candyman in Istanbul is apparently not all sweetness. Take, for example, Mustafa Bey, who inherited the 132-year-old traditional Turkish candy shop, Merkez Şekercisi, from his grandfather. On one recent afternoon, he grudgingly answered a few questions as if we were neighborhood ragamuffins begging him for a free piece of lokum.

Without looking up from the sports page he answered, “Well, I’m 56 years old, so I guess I’ve been working here for 56 years.” Mustafa has always been here. End of discussion.

Luckily, there are sweeter things to behold in the historic Balat neighborhood’s Merkez Şekercisi than Mustafa Bey. Continue…


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