A new candy shop will soon be gracing the Galesburg business scene. However, Sweet’s Candy & Soda Shop won’t be like just any candy store. When greeted with the news, Stephanie Cutright ’11 says, “I hope it’s nostalgia candy, you know, old candy and homemade fudge.” Well, Cutright is in luck, and so is all of Galesburg.
Students hope the shop will be different than a store that simply sells packaged candy. Some merchandise will be homemade fudge, old-fashioned soda, fresh popcorn, chocolates, and hard dip ice cream. Owner Sherry Reed’s excitement is clear when she describes the set-up, “I will have a small seating area for customers [to] stop in for an ice cream sundae or other tasty treat of their choice, and just take a break.”
Reed believes her store is different from others offering similar products because the customers can buy just the amount of candy they want, rather than pre-packaged, bulk candy. Mike, the multimedia personnel at the Seminary Street office, said Calico Cat, which is right next-door, sells Godiva Chocolate. He feels that Sweets will bring variety instead of competition, because, “People that buy Godiva want Godiva, not homemade candy.” He felt that Sweets will cater to a different clientele.
Reed decided to open the store because she has always wanted to own a business and thought “[The] shop would work in conjunction with the historic style and other businesses on Seminary St.”
Cutright said she will definitely check it out. She thinks Sweets has more of a chance because they will be something different. “Gotta put a little love in it,” said Cutright with a smile.
Kathryn Quesnell ’12 prefers homemade candy because “There are generally less preservatives and [it’s] tastier than packaged candy.”
Kati Stunkard ’12 thinks the new store sounds great. Asked whether she thinks students will indulge at Sweets, Stunkard says, “Knox being Knox, probably. The students here seem to appreciate things like that.” Quesnell says if there are coupons then she is sure Knox students will visit.
Reed hopes that Sweets will become a staple on Seminary Street and a favorite for Knox and Galesburg. She invites everyone to enjoy the unique food and atmosphere. Sweets Candy will open November 6 on 78 S. Seminary St.