The Sweet Life opens its doors in downtown Grayling to offer a variety of candy choices
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A Grayling family opened a business in the downtown business district to offer candy and gifts to area residents and visitors.
Anne Tuck and Matt Tuck opened the doors at The Sweet Life, located at 207 E. Michigan Avenue, on June 7.
The business offers an array of candy choices, ice cream and gifts.
Anne, who had been pondering why Grayling didn’t have a candy store downtown, said the name came naturally. The family jumped at the chance to lease the building when it was placed on the real estate market.
“It just came to us and it kind of seemed to fit,” she said.
The Sweet Life offers nickel and dime candy as a trip back to the past, all the way up to having gourmet products.
“They don’t need to spend a ton of money,” Anne said, regarding making items affordable for youth. “Parents can give them a dollar and they can come down and get stuff.”
The business offers old fashioned candy and unique ice cream treats from Dippin’ Dots and Moomers Homemade Ice Cream by the cup from the Traverse City-based company.
This fall, The Sweet Life will be added to the Moomers Homemade Ice Cream’s production schedule, so it can expand what it offers as far as ice cream.
“As soon as we’re in their production schedule, then we can do hand dipped ice cream,” Anne said.
More candy is being added to the selection at The Sweet Life daily.
“Everybody that comes in, they’re all about the candy,” Anne said.
Dog treats that come from Pets Naturally in Traverse City along with organic coffee from Higher Grounds are available. The family has to travel to get the Moomers ice cream and other products to have them available in Grayling.
“We make a couple runs to Traverse City to pick all of our stuff up,” Anne said.
Gourmet candy comes from the Alpine Chocolate Haus in Gaylord.
The Sweet Life offers catering for parties and events along with gift baskets. A theme or color can be chosen for the event or gift baskets.
“It’s whatever they want and then we just run with it,” Anne said.
The business plans to start offering kid’s toys and novelty items to their inventory of goods.
“Every single day, there’s something new,” Anne said.
Amairis Tuck, age 17, designed the T-shirts, logos, hats, and art work for the business. A 2019 Grayling High School graduate, Amairis is heading off to Grand Valley State University this fall to study art.
Amairis works at the story along with Anne and two other employees.
The family was impressed with the response to the new business.
“A lot of people are coming in for something different,” Anne said. “We’ve had an amazing response from the community.”
The business owners are open to suggestions for the products they carry.
“We just want to keep growing and adding more,” Anne said.
The Sweet Life is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Sweet Life will be open for extended hours when events are being held downtown.
“If it’s busy downtown and doors are open, we welcome anyone to come in,” Anne said.