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A Candy Store Poised to Make Dental Visits Hell; Local Mom Corners Cutesy Market


When the local economy took a nosedive, Stacy Stone decided to get creative. An interior designer for 20 years, the West Bloomfield resident had started making candy cakes — mounds of candy decoratively piled high — just for fun gifts to give out among family and friends.

While bringing one of her cakes to a restaurant as a gift for her dad, she said she was overwhelmed with questions by other patrons wanting to know where she got such a unique item. That response, and the degree of difficulty she experienced trying to get from one end of the restaurant to the other, told her she might have hit on something.

So this past December, along with her husband, Walter (who owns Snack Attack in Detroit), she opened Sweet Thing in Birmingham. The shop is a candy cornucopia — bursting with retro favorites like Mary Janes, Squirrels and Banana Splits; novelty treats, like fizzy drinks and Hershey bars in nostalgic wrappers; and contemporary staples, like M&Ms in every color, and more.

But Stone’s store also is a showcase for the fanciful custom orders she creates for birthdays, weddings, b’nai mitzvah — and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

215 N Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 792-2410.


Darcee Matlen is well on her way to becoming an empire.

The West Bloomfield mom and former fashion-design student began looking for a creative outlet after her first son was born in 2007; and she hit pay dirt quickly with the introduction of her Bestie Buds friendship necklace sets through her website,

Taylor Swift, Dakota Fanning and Gwyneth’s daughter, Apple, reportedly share the ice cream and cake, Pop Tart and milk, and peanut butter and jelly trinkets with their besties. Since then, Matlen’s added finds created by other artists to her line (check it out for whimsical bags, tees, bibs and jewelry, like these owl earrings, shown).

And just this January, Matlen said, she introduced her own line, Send good karma, lunch grams (stick a sweet note in your kids’ lunchbox), love grams, wish grams and more with the
postcard packs of six to eight, replete with karma confetti to sprinkle inside the envelope. Namaste.

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