In 1903, he moved to Erie, where his passion for crafting Old World chocolates from the freshest ingredients around led him to open the first of his three stores on the town’s bustling State Street.
Pulakos settled his flagship store into a beautiful building on 926 State Street in 1916. That location, which remained the base of operations until 1971 and inspired him to weave its address into our brand name, introduced thousands of people to one-of-a-kind confections like our famous sponge taffy.
Four generations of Pulakos owners made their mark on the company over the years by opening four stores, operating three bakeries and a restaurant, and relocating the main store and manufacturing facility to 26th and Parade Streets.
Pulakos still operates out of this location, where owner Joseph M. Hilbert oversee a company that continues to win new fans more than one hundred years after George P. Pulakos opened his first store. And that's because while we're always changing, we make sure that the important things-our goal of bringing you the best and freshest candy, our belief in outstanding customer service, and our chocolate artisans’ commitment to bringing our founder’s recipes to life on marble tables and in copper pots-remain the same. We could say more, but we think you’ll be able to taste the Pulakos "always fresh" difference!