If you were only one of the special people, you could join Janet Jackson, Kris Jenner and Apolo Ohno at the grand opening of Dylan's Candy Bar's first West Coast store on Sat., Sept. 8 at the Original Farmers Market, across from the Grove on the corner of Third and Fairfax.

The candy emporium–which “soft launched” a couple weeks ago–bursts with more than 7,000 different types of sweet treats from around the globe and decades past. The selection includes everything from sour gummy worms to Astro Pops to red licorice Scottie dogs to banana cream pie-flavored chocolate bars. The design of the 1,200-square-foot boutique infuses candy into every detail, including candy topiaries at the store's entrance, larger-than-life peppermint columns, a warm chocolate fountain and candy button tables. The store also carries candy-inspired apparel, jewelry, stationery and spa products (what the?).

It will officially open to the hoi polloi the following day, Sept. 9. Doesn't it make you hyper just thinking about it?

Other celebrities scheduled to appear at the private party include Blair Underwood, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Amber Thiesen, Elizabeth Berkley, R.J. Mitt, Lauren Bowles and Noureen DeWulf, C-Listers all (um, Candy List?).

Dylan's Candy Bar is a “candy lifestyle brand” founded 11 years ago by Dylan Lauren (daughter of Ralph), who is exceptionally svelte for a candy hawker. The company's mission is “to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone” while “merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy.”

Dylan's Candy Bar stores are currently located in New York City, East Hampton, Orlando and Houston. In addition to the new Los Angeles store, a store will soon be opening in Miami.

After graduating from Duke University with a major in art history, Dylan “traveled the globe in search of the world's most exciting confectionery creations,” opening her first shop in 2001. It was a realization of “her childhood dream of opening a candy store, inspired by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

Nice to have a rich daddy.

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