The memories are sweet, but Sugar Shack proprietor Suzi Tinsley is closing the door of Menlo Park's downtown candy store at the end of December.
The store opened at 816 Santa Cruz Ave. in 2007. After endless hours of finding unique treats and creating more than 1,500 custom Easter baskets, Ms. Tinsley said it's time to spend more time with her seven children and husband.
She's witnessed everything from grandparents visiting with children to a proposal at the store.
"My favorite Sugar Shack story was when two young boys came into the store just before closing on the day before Mother's Day," she said. "They had $5 to spend on something fabulous for their sweet mom, so I whipped up a $45 basket and they said, 'This must be more than $5.' I told them it was only $2 over their budget and that I hoped their mom appreciated the great chocolates and their efforts."
The next day, Ms. Tinsley arrived at work to find two $1 bills taped to the front door with a note that read, "'You are the best candy lady everrr'," she said. "I still have that note, and those boys are now in high school."
Sixty-five percent of her business has been event-based --most recently, the Sugar Shack provided candy for 975 bike riders participating in the Canary Challenge. Ms. Tinsley said she, as well as her candy, will still be available for other events, including proms and bar mitzvahs.
Ms. Tinsley thanked the community for all of its support. "I grew up in the area, I live in Menlo Park now, and will always be active in this vibrant community," she said. "I love my customers, my staff and all the kids who have visited the Shack. I cannot thank them enough for making the Sugar Shack such a sweet downtown spot."
Anyone wishing to speak to her about events after the store closes will still be able to reach her at 325-0800.