In Ukraine, where Sergey Choglo is from, lollipops aren't circular. They're most commonly in the form of a rooster. In fact, the Ukrainian word for lollipop means rooster.
Choglo is now bringing his homeland's sweet tradition to East Multnomah County.
His store, Lollipop Rooster, opened in mid-July in downtown Gresham at 12 N.E. Second St. The store features handmade lollipops that Choglo creates himself, an art he learned from his father, who began making lollipops for Eastern European markets in 1979.
'So we're keeping traditional handmade lollipops alive,' he said.
The store sells an assortment of lollipops in vibrantly colored three-dimensional shapes - from elephants to, you guessed it, roosters. And the flavors vary from season to season, from holiday to holiday. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with hot chili mango and hot chili key lime lollipops.
Choglo also stocks chocolates, candies and cookies from around the world, and plans to serve Russian tea and Kona coffee, as well.
Choglo moved from his shop in Northwest Portland to Gresham because he needed space to expand his business. He selected Gresham for its growing downtown with its old-fashioned feel.
'It reminds me of old town centers where lots is happening,' he said. 'There's Art Walk, car shows, the farmers market. I like Gresham and the energy of Main Avenue.'
He hopes historic downtown Gresham grows in prominence like Portland's artsy Alberta and Mississippi districts.
Lollipop Rooster makes custom lollipops and offers wholesale pricing for stores that want to carry the artistic candies on their shelves. Custom labels also are available.
WHAT: Candy store
WHERE: 12 N.E. Second St., Gresham
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday 10 a.m.; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, but closing time is flexible. The shop is closed on Sunday.