Sweet Blessings to relocate
WOODSTOCK – After a couple of years of operation near Lora Drive in Woodstock, Sweet Blessings Bakery and Catering, LLC will be relocating to South Main Street in October.
Starting Oct. 1, Sweet Blessings will lease the building at 121 South Main St., next to the Woodstock Café, which is now occupied by The Other Place.
The Other Place will be closing its doors at the end of September.
Coe Sherrard, part owner and operator of both The Other place and the Café, said, “It was a sad decision (to close), because we’re out a lot of money, effort and spent a lot of time with it.”
However, Sherrard also indicated that he is excited about Sweet Blessings moving into that location.
“The Sweet Blessings folks were looking for space, and we let them look at it … they wanted to move quickly, so we made a deal,” he said.
The agreed-to term lease means that Sweet Blessings will take over the building on Oct. 1. Sherrard noted that the deal also included “some things as far as how we would operate collaboratively.”
Rhonda Dellinger, owner of Sweet Blessings, said, “We’re going to do a lot more catering, and we can even use the café portion … as sort of like an event center.”
Sherrard said, “We have space that we don’t use – we’re not open at night here, except for wine dinners and Thursdays night.”
With this collaboration in mind, Sherrard noted that the connective archway between The Other Place and the café will remain intact after Sweet Blessings takes over.
As a result, both businesses will be able to use and take advantage of the different services and hours of operation that the other provides.
“We have many of the same customers, so we’re familiar with their products and the people,” Sherrard said.
Contractors will begin renovation work on The Other Place building in early October, with the goal of completing the new kitchen on Oct. 15 and having the rest of the store to be up and running by Nov. 1.
Dellinger added that Sweet Blessings will have more space to work with than its current location, and will have more bakery items available.
Sherrard said, “For the town to have another business that’s established, like Sweet Blessings, that has a following and keeps the street front pretty active … I think it’s a positive thing for the town.”
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