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2015-02-26 / Local News

Park Edge Sweet Shoppe opens Orchard Park location

by MARY BEST
Reporter


Sammy Russo samples a treat during Friday night’s grand opening at Park Edge Sweet Shop’s new pop-up shop on South Buffalo Street in Orchard Park. 
Photo by Chuck Skipper. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Sammy Russo samples a treat during Friday night’s grand opening at Park Edge Sweet Shop’s new pop-up shop on South Buffalo Street in Orchard Park. Photo by Chuck Skipper. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com South Buffalo’s Park Edge Sweet Shoppe is branching out to Orchard Park for the Easter season.

Owners and sisters Anna Hartog and Maggie Mulvaney teamed up with My Buffalo Shirt to open a pop-up shop to offer Easter treats to their customers in the Southtowns.

“We are in South Buffalo, so it’s a bit of a trek for some people and a little bit out of the way,” Hartog said. “[The Southtowns] are not as saturated with chocolate markets as the Northtowns are.”

For My Buffalo Shirt owner Adam Kern, the shop was a perfect location to sell his shirts, hooded sweatshirts and signs. He lives in Orchard Park, so he likes having a shop right around the corner. In addition to his traditional designs, he has a few new products for Easter.

“I have a few new T-shirts, “Defend Buffalo” and the “City of Good Neighbors” shirt, as well as some new signs,” Kern said.

With the addition of Kern’s merchandise, his new hand-poured soy candle line and handmade cards by another vendor, Hartog said the shop caters to a more modern Easter basket.

“Now Easter is a little bit gifts, a little bit chocolate,” Hartog said. “From your card and your gifts to your chocolate, your whole Easter basket is here. You really don’t need anything else.”

In addition to their signature sponge candy sticks in milk, dark and orange chocolate, there will be a few new treats for Easter, Hartog said.

“We also have sponge candy Easter eggs, which are a little more unique than most,” she said. “We have all new truffles that we’ve been featuring for the chocolate season. The Guinness truffle is the new favorite.”

While Kern said his favorite is the orange sponge candy, Hartog said if she had to choose, she’d pick the peanut butter sponge candy as her favorite treat.

“We actually pipe the peanut butter on top of the sponge,” Hartog said. “Each piece is hand-piped and then covered in chocolate.”

The store is tucked behind the Kwik Fill gas station on South Buffalo Street, where Kern hopes to attract customers just by their noticing the store.

“I think it’s great,” Kern said. “When people get out of work, they stop to get gas, and then they can see the shop, stop in to get some things and save some time.”

Hartog said they only plan on remaining open until Easter, but if all goes well, it may become a more permanent home.

“We’re just hoping for name recognition and getting out there a little bit more and eventually longevity for the Southtowns market,” Hartog said. “We’re excited for this.”

Park Edge Sweet Shoppe’s pop-up shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Easter at 4298 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, by the Kwik Fill.

The South Buffalo location, also featuring Cookie Expressions, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 325 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

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