Welcome to Sweet Ideas
After all this time, Sweet Ideas is still in love with Lethbridge!
In November 2007 Lethbridge welcomed its very own candy shop filled with old fashioned candy, British and American candy, Candy Bouquets, and novelty candy to suit everyone’s taste.
In October of 2013, at the urging of the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, we moved to 518 5 Street S, half a block south of Mongolie Grill and Curves, next to the Rose Garden flower shop and across the street from Able Dental. Moving our family-owned business into the old Average Joe’s Sports Bar allowed us to add a soda shop, complete with old fashioned pop and over 30 flavors of ice cream. There’s also a great little kitchen, where we can make caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn and so much more. The seating area has tons of space for birthday parties and other special events. One area near the unique concrete bar, which was initially installed by the previous Tongue and Groove Nightclub owners, has been set aside as a live performance area specifically for showcasing underage talent. However, as with the rest of the shop, kids of all ages are welcome. We know that everyone’s a kid in a candy shop!
If one cannot find that tasty sweet or sour candy they loved as a child, a whiteboard in the back of the colourful shop is dedicated to the candy connoisseurs searching for their long-lost candy.”We’ve been well received by the community,” said one of the owners. “In the months leading up to the opening, we asked people what candy they had when they were kids that they couldn’t find anymore. We took great pleasure in finding it for them. Most of what you see in the shop is what the people of Lethbridge requested.”
If chocolate is your passion, there are the most amazing truffles and German, Dutch and other European chocolate to satisfy the most discerning tastes.
Remember chicken bones, cola balls, sponge toffee, Black Jack gum, pink elephant popcorn, cotton candy and black licorice cigars? How about those American and British candy bars like Payday, Zero, U-No, Double Decker, Turkish Delight and Wigwags (now Curly Wurly bars)? You can find them all at Sweet Ideas! (Sorry, everyone, we had a letter in January of 2014 where the manufacturer of Mojos told us those have been discontinued!)
For grossing out your friends, we have brought “Cricket Lick-It” and scorpion lollipops, not to mention roasted larvae and salt and vinegar crickets. Chocolate covered bugs are sometimes available as well. Yum!
Making this a store of experience and childhood memories was very important to Sweet Ideas. “We wanted a business where people left feeling better than when they came in,” said Penny. “We love seeing parents sharing their candy stories with their children.”
To give kids the old fashioned candy store experience, GST is included in all prices. Kids can come to Sweet Ideas with their pocket change and figure out for themselves exactly how much their money can buy.
Another endeavour the sugary team has embarked on is the Candy Bouquet franchise (#5615) to provide a delicious alternative to flowers for every occasion, including weddings.
Sweet Ideas also takes special orders. Whether it is an Calgary Flames paraphernalia bouquet, a Spiderman birthday bouquet, or a traditional red rose bouquet, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing Candy Bouquets. You can choose whatever candy you want, whatever color scheme and whatever theme you need to suit that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.
Sweet Ideas felt it was important to take advantage of the local talent when putting the business together, and to that end, they enlisted the help of Kelly Vander Hooft of Urban Studio Interior Design and Colleen Reid of LA Neon. Colleen, a gifted graphic artist, created Lulapop, a lime green, scarf-wearing sucker girl, as the mascot for Sweet Ideas and prepared all artwork for the signage, business cards and logo.
Kelly, a talented professional who has received “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, designed the entire shop, complete with the ’50′s-style floor, chrome accents and many creative candy art pieces. Her inspiration for the shop colors were Jelly Belly jelly beans, and the comment heard most when people walk in the door for the first time is, “Wow! This is just like Willy Wonka’s!” You’ll appreciate Kelly’s unique artwork, displays and other features when you visit Sweet Ideas, Your very own candy and soda pop shop!
We would especially like to thank Community Futures, Lethbridge Region, the Business Development Bank of Canada and the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ for their support and help during our expansion and move. We couldn’t have done it without you!