HILLSDALE — What do you think of when the holidays, namely Thanksgiving and Christmas, are right around the corner? If you’re like millions of Americans you’re probably interested in taking the once-a-year opportunity to satisfy a sweet tooth and enjoy some delectable holiday treats.
At least, that’s what Hillsdale Sweet Boutique is betting on. The locally-owned and operated candy store, which just celebrated their first year of business in the city of Hillsdale, spent the past week shelving their stock of holiday treats.
They have many different kinds of Christmas candies, from candy canes to Santa-shaped chocolates — as well as their year-round variety of treats — many of which cannot be found in big name retail stores.
Their biggest hit? A “candy bouquet,” an arrangement of different candies created to mimic the appearance of a vase of flowers.
Store owner Danielle Brock says the candy bouquets can be customized for any price point or occasion. All customers need to do is stop by or give the store a phone call, and she’ll go over all the options for a truly personalized shopping experience.
“They are definitely our best sellers,” Brock said. “Lots of people order them for birthdays or the holidays, especially Halloween and Valentine’s Day, but we can make them to fit any budget and with all kinds of different candy depending on what they like.”
Brock says that during this time of year, many companies consider corporate gifts for employees, and she’s worked with several companies to tailor-make boxes of chocolates or candy bouquets for their needs.
“We’re have boxes that we can fill with different chocolates to make a custom gift,” Brock said.
While the holidays mean a boom in business for Hillsdale Sweet Boutique, Brock says she actually plans far in advance for each holiday season in order to ensure that everything arrives on-time and that she has the widest selection of candy available for her customers.
“I order the candy months ahead of the holidays, so as we’re going through and putting out our Christmas candy, I’m rediscovering some of the things that I ordered and that’s fun,” Brock said. “I’ll be placing my Easter order here very soon.”
While the Christmas candy is still being stocked, Brock expects most of it to be on display by next week. She also invites people to stop by while they are doing their holiday shopping this season and see if they find anything that piques their interests — or taste buds.
“There’s something for everybody this time of year,” Brock said.