Just in time for Valentine’s Day — or our next snowstorm — Saugatuck Sweets is set to open.
The newest addition to Saugatuck Center — taking over from Craft Butchery, which moved across the street — is still under construction. But it will satisfy sweet teeth this Saturday (February 8, 12-4 p.m.), next Thursday (February 13, 2-8 p.m.) and the following day — Friday, February 14, aka Valentine’s Day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
They sell a wide assortment of candy baskets, a full line of teddy bears, and other treats.
Word on the
sweet street is there’s a “Manny’s Special” on the menu too.
If you were at Staples High School during the Manny era, you know what that means.
If not — well, you have to order it to believe it.
Seventy or so Santa Clauses — and a few random Mrs. Clauses, elves and Grinches — descended on Saugatuck Center this afternoon.
They drank, ate and ambled their way – no sleighs allowed, not after all that beer! – from Dunville’s to the Whelk, then Viva’s, Rizzuto’s and the Duck. Dessert was at Saugatuck Sweets.
The price to party: $100. Plus, you had wear a costume. There were some very serious Santas today.
It was all for a great cause: Adam’s Camp, a special summer spot for children with special needs.
Everywhere the merry group went, traffic stopped. It was as if no one has ever seen 70 Santas drinking their way through Saugatuck before.
Kelley and Drew Schuette, who organized this afternoon’s Santa pub crawl. More shots are below.
Nearly everyone made it to the plaza outside the Whelk for a group shot. A few were still inside, enjoying their beers and oysters.
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Those beautiful lights that make the Bridge Street Bridge sparkle don’t screw themselves in.
At midnight Friday, Al DiGuido, Vinny Penna and a crew of helpers were out, ensuring another bright holiday season.
Al’s Angels — the Westport-based charity helping children and families battle cancer and severe hardships (among many other good works) — ensures that the well-traveled bridge looks its best every holiday season.
You can see the lights for yourself on Wednesday, December 4. That’s when Santa arrives (6 p.m.), and a Christmas tree will be lit in Saugatuck Center, on the plaza between the Whelk and Saugatuck Sweets.
From 5:30 to 8 p.m. there’s refreshments, fun, and old-fashioned community spirit.
And — in that holiday spirit — the sponsoring Gault family asks everyone to bring an unwrapped toy, for a child under 10.
Al’s Angels will take care of the rest.
As — very quietly, but lovingly, all year long — they always do.
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Remember that “Remember When?” teaser sign that “06880″ wondered about last Sunday?
Readers speculated it involved a new ice cream parlor, coming to Saugatuck Center.
Now it’s official. Al DiGuido and Pete Romano — an entrepreneur/civic “angel” and landscape architect/Saugatuck native, respectively — will open “Saugatuck Sweets” in January.
The location is the former Saugatuck Craft Butchery on Riverside Avenue. In just one year, it outgrew its building and moved across the street.
Saugatuck Sweets will sell high quality desserts, ice cream, yogurt, bulk candy and the like. It’s one more addition to an area quickly earning props for its restaurants, non-chain stores (including the butcher shop, a gourmet market and kayak rental place), walkability and fun.
The interior of the former Saugatuck Craft Butchery — shown here — is easily adapted to Saugatuck Sweets. Chicken, lamb and sausages will be replaced by ice cream, candy and seasonal gift items.
Sweets’ location is perfect. Not many people will chill with ice cream on the outdoor plaza this winter. But inside it will be jammed. By spring, Saugatuck Sweets — along with the Whelk next door — will be one more reason that Saugatuck Center is a hot destination.
DiGuido (who founded the Al’s Angels children’s charity) and Romano (whose longtime civic involvement includes the PAL and Festival Italiano) have spent decades doing good things for kids, families, Saugatuck and our entire town.
Their newest venture promises to be especially sweet.