Like mini-cheesecakes drenched in cherry glaze? Have a passion for chocolate dipped strawberries or fresh baked cookies?
Then stop by Sugar Face, Fort Mill's newest bakery and candy store downtown at 217 Main Street.
The business, which opened Feb. 5, operates out of a 100-year-old building that formerly housed a men's store. The new store showcases an original beam ceiling and flooring enhanced by walls kissed in hues of brown.
"We wanted it very warm and inviting, like chocolate," co-owner Misti Romero said.
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Customers can pickup customized goody baskets and stock up on ole time candy like Atomic Fireballs, Bit of Honey, Now and Laters, Mary Janes and gum balls.
Romero and her mother and co-owner, Julie Romero, also daily bake brownies with or without nuts and truffles as well as an array of cookies. The pair even offers customers chocolate dipped spoons.
"So that your coffee can taste like chocolate," said Misti Romero, a 16-year Fort Mill resident and a graduate of Indian Land High School.
Prices range from five cents for select candy and $1.50 per each chocolate dipped strawberry to a minimum of $10 for customized goody baskets.
"People can stop in and design a basket loaded with sweets for their tummy," Misti Romero quipped.
No stranger to sweets
Misti Romero is no stranger to candy and baking.
"She's always wanted to bake and make gifts and candy baskets," Julie Romero said of her daughter, who formed Sugar Face Creations, where she made gift baskets for doctor and dentists' offices shortly after the birth of her now 2-year-old son.
Then on Jan. 1, she walked away from a job at a local furniture store to start Sugar Face. The endeavor comes at a time when the country sits in a recession, but Julie Romero is optimistic.
"I told her, 'Don't be afraid. Give it all you can give it,''' Julie Romero recalled.
A month and four days later, mother and daughter set up the store, naming it in honor of Misti Romero's son, Isaac.
"When her little boy was born she said, 'Oh, my little sugarface,'" Julie Romero said of Isaac. "When she was trying to come up with a name for the store, Sugar Face was the obvious name because everything [in the store] is sweet."
Now, mother and daughter hit the bakery at 5 a.m. every day but Sunday and Monday to start their daily ritual.
"We're constantly baking," Misti Romero said.
Long-term plans include goodies for folks who must limit their sugar intake.
"We want to appeal to the entire community so we will set up a section for people who can't have any sugar," Misti Romero said.
The Romeros plan to sell treats -- chocolate flavored milk bones -- for pooches getting their morning walk.
"We want to appeal to the dog walkers," she said. "When they come by to get a treat, they can also get one for their pet."
Long-term plans also include dine-in seating, catering services and unique birthday parties. Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For details, call 548-1111.