Opening of new candy store brings a sweet spot to Hull
Nantasket Sweets by Swedes, a Swedish candy store, opened on Nantasket Avenue Christmas Eve, perhaps with the well-timed goal to “bring magic to Hull.”
Sweets by Swedes does not sell your average candy; there is no high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, or trans fats. The shop carries candy from the Swedish company “Candy People” as well as from other local companies.
“We want to support local manufacturers,” said Maria Stolt, the owner.
Whenever Stolt came from Sweden to visit her sister in America, they joked about “starting a candy store here in the future.”
The idea grew, and eventually Stolt was “talking to my husband, and he said why don’t we try it out for a year and see what happens.”
The store now features a “Make my Mix” candy bar, where customers can choose which candy and how much they want. An employee bags it, and it is priced by weight. “Our thought in the beginning was that you are doing your own bag of candy,” said Stolt.
She aims to support the Hull community and says “the involvement of the locals and hiring local people is very important to me.”
There are numerous pandemic-mandated protective measures in place, with marked 6-feet spaces and hand sanitizer outside the door. In addition, an outside window, curbside pickup, and online ordering are in the works.
The shop was originally set to open in late August but was delayed because of “a lot of red tape,” Stolt said. “Even though everything has been done, it has been done in a much slower pace than we could have ever imagined.”
There are still a few signs of a store in progress. “Everything is not set yet,” Stolt said. “There is still things we need to do and set up.”
“I just want to have a magic place for children to go to, or for the elderly,” Stolt said. Looking around the store, it seems like that wish has come true.
You can visit Nantasket Sweets by Swedes at 165 Nantasket Ave. or go to its website at https://www.nantasketsweets.com/