When Stacy Savides Sullivan opened the Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos Ave. Aug. 26, 2009, she had one overriding goal in mind for her new business venture: Do more than just sell candy.
“It was really important for us from the beginning that we were more than just a place for sweets,” said Sullivan of her shop, the former home of Foodland. “This is a community gathering place.”
Five years later, Sullivan believes she’s achieved that goal. What started as a simple neighborhood stop for candy, cookies, ice cream and other treats has turned into a community destination point for local residents and students at nearby schools. The shop has been the site of countless birthday parties, coffee gatherings and even first dates for Los Altos residents of all ages.
“We never intended for this to draw massive crowds or anything like that,” Sullivan said. “We just wanted this to be a charming place for the neighborhood.”
In turn, Sullivan said she’s throwing a five-year anniversary celebration 1-4 p.m. Sept. 7, complete with parrot show and live music, as well as free frozen yogurt cones for customers. All proceeds will benefit local schools.
Sullivan said the party is a simple thanks to neighbors and customers who patronize the shop, whether it’s to buy their daily coffee or to indulge in some of its sweeter offerings.
“I don’t think we could be in a better place,” she said. “This is a special establishment. You can’t duplicate it. The shop really has exceeded all of my expectations.”
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Sweet Shop celebrates five years in business -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier