Located in the heart of Skaneateles, Riddler’s News, Confections and Tobacco store will be closing in March of this year. Riddler’s is known for selling nostalgic candy, newspapers, lottery tickets and tobacco products, along with various toys, souvenirs and trinkets.
Owner Bill Eberhardt recently made a very difficult decision to close Riddler’s as both the tobacco and printed newspaper industries decline. Eberhardt is a longtime member of the Skaneateles community and has watched many generations of customers, including his children and their friends, enjoy everything that Riddler’s had to offer. He is also the president of Dining Associates, and proprietor and owner of the Sherwood Inn.
“I am extremely thankful for the loyal community members and customers that made owning and operating Riddler’s such a great experience. This decision has been a tough and emotional one, however the needs of the village of Skaneateles have been changing while the business of selling tobacco and newspapers is just not sustainable.” Florence Joyce, who has worked at Riddler’s for 36 years, said “even the kids aren’t buying much candy anymore.”
The space that Riddler’s has occupied for more than 50 years will not be empty for long. Opening in its place will be F. Oliver’s, offering an extensive selection of the freshest olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. F. Oliver’s offers a unique and interactive shopping experience where customers are encouraged to sample and savor the products before making a selection. Owner Penelope Pankow has other F. Oliver’s locations in Canandaigua, Rochester and Ithaca. The store has been successful in these communities, with demographics similar to that of Skaneateles.
“Preserving this space for retail was extremely important to me, and I believe that F. Oliver’s will be a fantastic addition to the village of Skaneateles,” said Eberhardt.
Whether they are a novice cook or seasoned chef, F. Oliver’s aims to assist and inspire customers in their culinary endeavors.