Gust Zachos immigrated to the United States
from Greece in 1912. He opened up a restaurant/soda fountain
business in Freedom, Pennsylvania.
Gust had worked with
relatives in Greece making candy and decided during his slow periods
in the restaurant he would make chocolate confections. He believed
that quality was the most important factor in making a good product.
Gust bought all the best ingredients available and put them together
and started what would become Rosalind Candy Castle.
In 1914, the candy part
of his business was growing so he decided to have a contest to give
his confections a name. The name was chosen from two entries.
Rosalind Candy Store and The Candy Castle, so Gust named his store
Rosalind Candy Castle. The store was moved to 128-130 Brighton
Avenue in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Gust continued to make more types
of chocolate confections and soon the candy business was growing
faster than the restaurant business.
To better accommodate
the candy end of the business, Gust moved the store to 11th Street &
3rd Avenue in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. At this time, Medard
Zaluska was the main candy maker who was aided by John Crudden while
Elizabeth Crudden managed the store and the restaurant end of the
As the business
continued to grow, the building on 3rd Avenue became too small to
keep up with the candy demand. So a new store was built in 1951 at
the current location at the corner of 13th Street & 5th Avenue, New
Brighton, Pennsylvania. The building was completed in 1952 and that
became the new home of Rosalind Candy Castle. The restaurant part of
the business ended to concentrate on the ever increasing demand for
Gust became ill during
this period and the Crudden and Zaluska families continued to
operate the business and upon Gust passing purchased the business.
Jim Crudden is currently president and continues to uphold the
traditions of its founder and continues to demonstrate an unmatched
passion for chocolates. Rosalind's insists on the highest of product
quality. We continue to make all of our candy from scratch using the
finest ingredients from around the world. Pure dairy cream and
butter are still used in candy recipes, nuts are still roasted to
perfection before being covered in our silky smooth chocolate.
for superb chocolates continues to grow earning the respect of
chocolate lovers throughout the tri-state area. We have been voted
#1 Best Candy Store by the Beaver County Times Readers Choice
Awards. Many new confections have been made since Rosalind's start
in 1914, but one thing remains constant, and that is our
commitment to quality you can taste since 1914