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Friday, October 19, 2012

Old North Mourns Loss of Mike Karandzieff (updated)

We were all saddened to receive the news that Mike Karandzieff passed away yesterday.  All of us at Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group extend our thoughts to the Karandzieff family and the whole Crown Candy Kitchen family.  We’ll miss seeing Mike behind the counter, but we will never forget his dedication to carrying on the family tradition and keeping the landmark business alive with character and distinction.  Although Mike’s illness kept kept him from being as present at Crown in recent months, Mike was such a fixture behind the counter for so many years that he represented a significant part of the Crown Candy experience, especially for those lucky enough to have Mike share his one-of-a-kind perspective on any number of issues.

Old North St. Louis wouldn’t be the vibrant neighborhood that it is today had it not been for Crown Candy’s anchoring presence on the corner of N. 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue.  Because of Mike’s years of hard work and commitment - following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and working alongside his brothers and generations of other dedicated employees, thousands of visitors have found their way into Old North to get a taste of Crown’s legendary BLTs, malts, sundaes, and candies.  The neighborhood has lost one of its unique and irreplaceable characters.

The next time you’re in Crown Candy, be sure to raise your chocolate banana shake in tribute and thanks to Mike.

Crown Candy will be closed this coming Sunday (Oct. 21) and Monday (Oct. 22) for the wake and funeral.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at Buchholz Mortuary West, 2211 Clarkson Road at Wilson Road.  Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the start of service at 11 a.m. on Monday at St John’s Church, 15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville.  There will be a funeral procession past Crown Candy Kitchen to the crematorium at Memorial Park Cemetery at I-70 and Lucas and Hunt roads.

The photo of Mike at the top of this post is from Crown Candy Kitchen’s Facebook page, where you can find other updates and can post your comments and messages to the family.

POSTSCRIPT - Oct. 23

Many neighborhood residents and friends, along with a good showing from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, came out to pay their respects to Mike as the funeral procession passed by Crown Candy Kitchen after the funeral on Monday.

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