Gifts, candy and more at Hiccups

Adam Larck
Hiccups offers a gift shop and candy store for everyone of all ages in Metamora.

A new store in Metamora is bringing unpredictability, along with some candy.

Hiccups, located at 104 S. Menard St., opened on June 23 during Old Settler’s Days, giving the community a chance to check out the new store across from the Metamora square.

“We had a lot of people coming in and out during that day, and since then we’ve had nothing but good response,” Julie Tam said. “Everybody that’s come in has had something nice to say. Everybody has been so polite.”

Julie runs the store with her husband, Michael.

The pair said they wanted to open a business for a while, but kept running into closed doors.

“This opportunity arose and we wanted it to be something that would be fun and enjoyable for all ages,” Julie said. “We wanted people to come in here and everybody, whether they’re a child or a grandma, be able to find something and have a good time.”

Michael added that the location is prime as well, as many residents from not only Metamora, but Roanoke and Germantown Hills travel on Route 24 by their store frequently.

This isn’t the first venture in retail for the pair.

“When we first married, he had his own construction business in Florida, so we’ve been in business since ’74,” Julie said.

Julie also had a store on Washington square.

While the store is already opened, the two are planning an official grand opening soon. During the grand opening, there will be giveaways during the day.

The name, Hiccups, was chosen based on something Julie’s mom said growing up.

“We wanted Hiccups because it’s unpredictable and always a surprise,” she said. “We figured that’s so much like life. My mother used to say a spoonful of sugar cures all hiccups.”

The store itself features two parts. The back part features various candy, in both jars and individual services.

Michael said that while he thought making choices on what candy to have at the store would be tough, he came to a realization.

“I got to thinking, do you know that every piece of candy, no matter what you had, is good,” he said. “Have you ever had a bad piece of candy? It may not be your most favorite but you never go away disappointed.”

In the front, there are items for the whole family, from clothing for infants and toys for children to women’s accessories, books, kitchenware and more.

Julie said that inventory is still coming in, and new items will be continued to be added to the store.

Also inside are fountain drinks and specialty drinks like Jones Soda that can be enjoyed at picnic tables that are being put outside.

The store’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday and is closed Sunday.

Winter hours will be announced later.