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Bakery buys chocolate shop for expansion
An award-winning bakery has bought a local chocolate shop as part of its plan to expand across the state.
Don and Jennifer Kallil, the owners of Mary Ann’s Chocolates in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village, say on their website that they have finalized the sale of their approximately 1,000-square-foot chocolate shop to Sweetie-licious, a DeWitt-based bakery and café.
“The new owners are delightful, energetic caring people and have an exciting vision,” the couple says.
“We want to thank you for all of your support of Mary Ann's Chocolates over the years.”
The couple says the shop’s name is now Sweetie-licious, and it will continue to offer many of Mary Ann’s current items, such as Mary Ann's Chocolates, Illy coffee and slushes.
Sweetie-licious East Grand Rapids will also sell pies, cookies and other baked treats, at 2226 Wealthy St. SE.
Sweetie-licious took over the shop on Wednesday and will begin to incorporate its products into the space during the transformation from Mary Ann’s to Sweetie-licious, which will be complete in late July, said Linda Hundt, founder, Sweetie-licious.
Minor “cosmetic” renovations will be made, she said, causing the shop to close down for about a week while painting work is done.
Hundt said she doesn't know what the hours for the shop will be, and she's interviewing many of the shop's existing staff for positions.
Sweetie-licious, which opened a bakery in the Downtown Market last year, has won 17 first-place awards at the National Pie Championships.
Hundt is also the author of the recipe book “Sweetie-licious Pies,” which recently won the Michigan Notable Book Award.
Sweetie-licious plans to expand elsewhere in the state, but wanted to get the ball rolling in Grand Rapids, which Hundt described as a “great city for foodies” and a “perfect fit” for her business.
“Grand Rapids is one of my favorite cities,” Hundt said. “I always used to go to East Grand Rapids and think a pie shop would be perfect here, so it’s a dream come true.”