After 30 years in business, a local candy shop owner is walking away from her life's passion.
Collinsville's Village Sweet Shoppe will close in January.
“It's just fun going down to the shows and ordering and then coming back and buying and displaying,” said Shirley Scarpino, owner of Village Sweet Shoppe.
Her shop got its start in Barkhamstead in the mid-1080s, and she moved it to Collinsville in 2004.
“I've always loved being able to come up here for that quick little gift or for a treat for myself,” said Donna Hart, a customer of the shop.
As fun as it has been to own the shop, Scarpino said about seven years ago, when her first grandchild was born, that's when she began having thoughts of retiring at some point in the future.
She promised her husband, children and grandchildren that at age 65 she'd step away from her life's work.
“So, I’m 65, or will be soon, so that kind of pushed me over the top,” Scarpino said. “The hardest thing is when a customer comes in and they are crying and I start crying, yeah it is hard."
As Collinsville prepares to move on, Scarpino is will sell what's left after the holidays before closing the store in late January.
Her reward after 30 years on the job, spending her golden years with her children and grandchildren, a treat well worth the wait.
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