Loveland Sweets offers just what you re craving
Gloria Wilson plans to add a homemade touch to her new candy store that will offer goodies from around the globe.
Wilson and her boyfriend, Mike Bieszczak, have spent their own money to open Loveland Sweets at 124 W. Loveland Ave. in the city's historic district next to Paxton's Grill.
Wilson, 47, says the 1,200-square-foot store will sell fine chocolate and confections that are among the favorites for everyone from celebrities to children.
She says it will carry more than 200 items, including Moonstruck truffles and Michel Cluizel chocolates from Paris, as well as gummy bears and "penny" candies. The candies come from many different countries, including Italy, Venezuela and England.
The store also will offer a variety of domestic candy.
Wilson, who grew up in West Virginia, also will make her own line of homemade candies, including turtles, caramel, buckeyes, fudge and pralines. She also will make chocolate-covered strawberries and other dipped-fruit treats.
"Yes, we will have the finest chocolates, but the child with a quarter won't be disappointed," she says.
The opening of the store also comes at one of the busiest times of the year for candy stores.
Christmas ranks third behind Halloween and Easter for candy sales, according to Jenn Ellek, a spokesperson at the National Confectioners Association, a Vienna, Va.-based trade group representing the candy industry. Sales of confectionary last Christmas raked in $1.3 billion, up 2.4 percent from the 2004 holiday season.
Moreover, chocolate, which Wilson expects to account for at least 60 percent of annual sales at Loveland Sweets, is a hot commodity.
Based on manufacturer shipments of confections, chocolate accounted for $2.5 billion in sales from January through May, nearly double the $1.4 billion in sales for non-chocolate during the same period.
For Wilson, the holiday season is already proving fruitful.
"My business has been brisk since we opened on Dec. 1," she says.
Source: The Enquirer