Sweet things are happening in a little 24-by-16-foot shop, in Cole Camp, all created by three sisters who have penchant for tasty food and a love for antiques.
Sweets an’ Tiques, 207 Main St., was opened in November last year by Alicia “Sam” Cole, the youngest sister who owns the German Table also in Cole Camp, oldest sister Roxy Viebrock, who makes most of the candies and goodies and is a para-professional at Cole Camp Elementary School, and their sister Wanda Pritzel, who recently moved back form Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and works full time for the Lutheran Family Service.
And as for working together as siblings that’s been going well for them — they have gotten along since childhood.
“I have a lot of respect for both of them,” Pritzel said. “And their ability to be entrepreneurs and make the decisions. They are both really community minded and involved in the community, and not just what’s good for our store. I think that’s just kind of neat.”
The trio, who are fourth generation Cole Camp residents, said they had talked about opening a candy store together for years.
“Actually is wasn’t just a candy store,”Viebrock said. “It was antiques (too) with candies and coffees as a sideline. And to give a bigger variety for people, not everyone likes antiques, but they all like coffee and candy.”
“And they’re always changing all the time,” Cole said of the sweets.
“(Roxy’s) really good at it, she makes really good caramels,” Pritzel said. “Caramel popcorn and white chocolate popcorn and hand dipped chocolate bonbons.”
Besides these, Viebrock said they have hand dipped coconut bonbons, thin mints, peanut clusters and peanut butter balls — all unique and not mass produced.
“They’re like grandma made them,” Cole said. “At Valentine’s we took orders for chocolate covered strawberries, and decorated sugar cookies.”
“For Valentine’s Day we did gobs of strawberries and cookies,” Viebrock added.
They sold more than 15 dozen of the chocolate dipped strawberries.
“We also do Bavarian nuts,” Cole said. “Glazed Bavarian nuts. We do it during the festivals, we did it at the Pub Crawl and we’re going to do it at the barbecue on the 17th.”
The sisters roast and glaze the nuts, creating a wonderful aroma that drifts down the street enticing those nearby to visit their shop. Family recipes are often used when making the candies and sweets.
“Except for the one we got from Pioneer Woman for iced coffee,” Pritzel said. “We were trying to find the very best iced coffee recipe and we think we found it. It’s really good. So in the summer when it’s too hot to drink coffee-coffee we still have espresso drinks with iced coffee and flavored teas.”
“With a big variety of flavors,” Viebrock added. “We just started iced teas, flavored iced teas.”
“Fun things, weird things like blood orange, hibiscus and mango,” Pritzel added. “And we’ve just started serving iced coffees.”
Coffee flavors take in chocolate milano, peppermint, brown sugar cinnamon, English toffee and vanilla bean. They also serve sugar-free flavored coffees.
New on the sweets menu is biscotti made by the sisters’ mother, Esther Schlesselman, of Cole Camp.
Sweets an’ Tiques is next door to the new German Memorial that is being built on Main Street and the women find that helpful.
“So there will be a lot more foot traffic hopefully when the memorial gets open,” Cole said. “And we want to be ready to help serve those people too with drinks and candy.”
“When this little building came open it was the perfect opportunity,” Viebrock said. “Because it doesn’t have very good parking but people are walking around a lot in the summer. And a lot of people from Kansas City stop because it’s a great town just to stop, park your car and walk. Within a block in any direction you can find nine shops and six places to eat at given times. Some are open at night and some are open during the day.
“And then with all the festivals … it brings a lot of people into town,” she added. “The timing was right even though we are all still working. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be a part of the growing downtown.”
The women also carry German linens imported from Germany, plus German dishes and glassware.
“They’re table linens, runners and dollies,” Cole said.
Sweets an’ Tiques, located at 207 Main St., is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through May. In June they will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information visit their website, Sweet-anTiques.com