New Spencerport shop shows how sweet it is
It’s a bit like walking into Willy Wonka’s world of pure imagination – chocolates, fudge, and an almost endless and tantalizing variety of sweets and goodies everywhere you look.
It’s Butterfly Kisses Sweet Shoppe which opened its doors recently at 12 Amity Street in the Village of Spencerport, across from the Spencerport Post Office. Owners Mike and Bethany Caputo are excited about their new venture and explain they moved to the village four years ago when they, “found Spencerport,” Mike says.
Bethany had been undergoing rigorous treatment for breast cancer which she says left her with, “no physical strength to go back to my former work.”
The couple says the idea of opening up a small shop of their own appealed to them – it was a task they could take on together while Mike retained his separate full-time job.
They found chocolate makers during their travels who could supply the shop with delectable assortments and at the same time the storefront on Amity Street across from the Post Office became available.
“This is our home,” the couple says, “we wanted to do something positive for the community.”
The business is truly a family affair; their daughter, Courtney, who is a sophomore at St. John Fisher College, helps out on weekends.
The shop is “a candy store like every small town used to have,” Bethany says, “where you would go when you were growing up. We want to offer a little bit of everything for our customers.”
The selection is astonishing. In addition to a glass case full of more than sixty varieties of assorted chocolates – including chocolate covered bacon and fudge – there is bulk candy, seasonal candies, taffy, freshly popped popcorn, sugar free chocolates, boxed favorites for family movie night, retro candy, chocolate greeting cards, gifts, and a “World Tour” section with candy favorites from all over the world. They also have gift baskets of treats available.
“We carry something that appeals to everybody, while also being unique so we stand apart from other stores,” the couple says.
And, Bethany adds, they welcome suggestions from customers.
The shop is decorated in candy colors and on the wall behind the counter is a colorful mural painted by Ashley Favata, a friend of Bethany and Mike’s daughter. “It looks like candy land,” Bethany says.
The Caputos held a ribbon cutting at the shop October 29 (2013). Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard and Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene attended to help celebrate the grand opening.
“We welcome them to the village and hope they do well,” Mayor Lobene told the Suburban News. She noted that it is, “… nice they live in the village — it’s village people investing in the village,” she said.
Butterfly Kisses Sweet Shoppe is open Monday – Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday (winter hours). Visitwww.butterflykissessweetshoppe.com