EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan -- For 45 years, Ray Alvarez has been living the sweet life.
He's the owner of Ray's Candy Store on Avenue A and East 7th Street in the East Village.
He sells egg creams, fried Oreos and grilled cheese sandwiches, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Recently, he added the delivery service Uber Eats.
Customers are family.
Karla and James Murray published a book titled "Store Front" that chronicles mom and pop places.
They have started holding free workshops with neighbors and businesses to promote one another in association with the East Village Community Coalition.