Sweet Ville, an old-fashioned candy and ice cream shop, recently debuted at 3075 Book Road in south Naperville.
Owner Becky Lockwood, who moved to Naperville with husband Doug and their three children three years ago for a franchising opportunity, is fulfilling a longtime dream by opening the ice cream parlor, candy and snack shop.
“It’s always been a dream,” Lockwood says.
Having grown up with parents who owned a grocery shop, she wanted something with an old-charm feeling.
“It’s what I know,” she adds.
When the Lockwood’s franchise career came to an end, they were faced with a tough decision: move back home to Pennsylvania or stay in Naperville where their three children — two already in high school — were happy and thriving. They decided to stay, and Becky says they haven’t regretted it since.
“Without our friends and neighbors, we wouldn’t have made it,” says Lockwood, who opened Sweet Ville on Sept. 24. “This is a labor of love.”
Sweet Ville offers more than 30 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, with seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and peppermint. But the all-time bestseller remains the cotton candy, Lockwood adds.
But candy by the ounce is the focal point of this store.
“The Tiki bar is very special to me. ... I got it for my mother,” she says. “She got sick and never made it to Hawaii. So I decorated our porch with it.”
For those not willing to chill with some ice cream, Sweet Ville also offers some warm snacks. Bistro soups are served with warm bread, and hot dog and pretzels are also winter favorites. Lounge on the colorful bean bags; sit at one of the ice cream parlor-style tables; or opt for some take-out lunch. Sweet Ville is always looking to accommodate customers with seasonal fare.
Pinot’s Palette opens
Pamela Bartlett and Christa Juergens, both of Naperville, recently opened a Pinot’s Palette at 175 W. Jackson Ave. The studio combines wine and art for all occasions in downtown Naperville.
“Naperville is really embracing the arts right now, and people are ready for a new way to engage,” says Bartlett in a press release. “Customers are excited to attend our classes and extend their imaginations while having a good time with family and friends.”
The soft opening Dec. 7 saw a full house, with the main studio accommodating up to 48 participants. An adjacent private room can hold another 20 guests for a more private, fun-filled evening.
“We expect Naperville to be a very successful market for Pinot’s Palette,” said Craig Ceccanti, chief executive officer. “The feedback from the local community has been incredibly positive, and we’re excited to invest in this community.”
Pinot’s Palette was founded in 2009 in Houston, Texas, and has 31 studios nationwide.
The recently opened Advanced Wellness Center in Woodridge offers all-around wellness solutions for preventive and corrective care, and weight loss.
Dr. Emmy Wang opened the clinic in August.
“I’ve been practicing for seven years after I graduated from school in New York, and I love this community,” Wang says of her decision to open a practice here.
A contemporary-looking office and a state-of-the art therapeutic machine round off Wang’s holistic approach to health and wellness.
Wang grew up in China and Japan, where she says holistic treatments are part of tradition. She then moved to Canada. Upon her parents’ advice, Wang earned a bachelor of science in biology, a master’s degree in biochemistry, and spent years in research.
But after seeing a friend suffer from cancer with only mainstream medicines available, Wang decided to go back to school, where she earned her doctorate and honors from the New York Chiropractic College.
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