Norm Candelore literally wears many hats in his daily life. It is the ball cap that he wears that reads "I LOVE ELIZABETH" which is his favorite. He has no problem reminding everyone he meets about how much he loves his hometown and the people in it. The only child of the late Norman and Dorothy Candelore, he credits his father with this passion. Candelore often talks about his dad and reminds anyone that wants to listen that his dad was his best friend and idol. It is his mission to continue his father's leadership and legacy in the Elizabeth area.

Candelore, known as the area's favorite Candy Man, was recently promoted to vice president of Vendor Relations for Sarris Candies. In this position, he is responsible for over 1,300 vendors that have Sarris Candies available in their stories. In 2015, Candelore and his daughter, Kelsi, opened a dog grooming business called Candelor's Barking Beauties in Elizabeth Township and today this entity includes five grooming salons and a daycare/boarding facility. The business currently employees 60-plus people, mostly young adults who love working with dogs and cats.

He also is directly responsible for helping keep two other businesses operational in Elizabeth Township. Union Cleaners in Swiss Alpine Village was prepared to close when he stepped in and opened Swiss Alpine Dry Cleaners. More recently, he partnered to buy Becky's Place in Central Plaza. The grand reopening of Central Doghouse Diner took place September 24. Candelore found his career and what he wanted to do with the rest of his life at age 14 while working for his cousins, Wayne and Lou Candelore, at their clothing business, Two Brothers Boutique. They were great mentors to him and gave him knowledge about negotiations and putting deals together. He has used these learned skills, particularly in his Sarris Candy position. At EF, Candelore was an average student. He had a very successful football career there and at West Liberty University. He held the EF team record for career interceptions from 1974 to 1999. His most memorable moment was when he intercepted two passes thrown by now Hall of Famers Joe Montana when he played at Ringgold High School. In college, he played free safety for two years and then the last two at running back. He led West Liberty in rushing in 1977. Later, he also coached for the Elizabeth Forward Athletic Association, founded by his father, and in youth programs for Belle Vernon and Fort Cherry. In 2001, he was a defensive back coach at Yough High School for Coach Rich Bowen.

In 1979, Candelore opened stores in Monessen and Charleroi. During this same period, he and his dad computerized these stores and launched a new business, Custom Computer Services, which provided payroll services to over 600 local businesses. One of his customers was Sarris Candies. This was the connection that began his association with Sarris in 1984. He has a great love for his Elizabeth community and shows it by offering sponsorships for many events and purposes in addition to scholarships for deserving students. He has enjoyed providing opportunities to young people in the community through his businesses. He often speaks at engagements for work and in the community where he shares his passion for his hometown. Candelore says passion is important if you want to achieve more than the average person and it is never work if you love what you are doing. He lives this motto every day.

Candelore and his wife, Cindy, live in McMurray. He has four children. Norman II lives in Miami, FL, and is owner of a Roman Financial Group. Kelsi is co-owner and general manager of Candelore's Barking Beauties. Nicholas is operations manager for the dog business. Michael is a senior high school student in St. Clairsville, OH.