By Luke Gieschen
This week is a triple-feature of Da’ Bayou Sweets, Bottlecaps Candy Shop & Parties Bayou, and Pixels Arcade, located at 110 S. Coker Street, across from the police department, next to Cucina’s Pizza. All three are owned by John and Kris Horne, with their son Addisen being partial-owner of Pixels Arcade. The reason the businesses were created was to provide young persons with jobs.
Formerly located on Main Street, Bottlecaps Candy Shop & Parties Bayou has been in Greenwood since 2016, and moved to their current location in 2019. The shop offers nearly 100 craft sodas, full of novelty and bulk candy. It also offers candy bouquets, and has a party space with a photo booth room!
Da’ Bayou Sweets opened in Greenwood in 2019, and is known for their snowballs, with over 75 flavors, similar to snowcones, but better. Very popular are their gourmet Voodoo Snowballs, available with tons of different toppings or candy. Blue Bell Ice Cream, shakes, and ice cream cookie sandwiches are also on the menu, and new are Bougie shakes, which are over-the-top ice cream shakes loaded with toppings. Any snowball flavors can be made into shakes.
Pixels Arcade opened in August. Part-owner Addisen Horne is a junior at Greenwood High School, being mentored by his parents in business. His idea was to start a retro arcade similar to the ones of the 80s. Apart from retro arcade games, there are also some old game systems, a pinball machine, and multiplayer games. The arcade is $5.00 to enter and people can play all the games without coins. Pixels Arcade is offered with candy shop parties as well. It is open Wednesday & Thursday 4 – 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 1 – 9 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 7 p.m.
Da’ Bayou Sweets and Bottlecaps Candy Shop & Parties Bayou share hours of Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 7 p.m. during winter. During summer they are open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m.
They can be reached by phone at (479)252-4615 for all three, or visit them online at https://bottlecaps-candy.square.site. They are also on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Google.