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COVER: Leanne Latham, owner of Candy Sweets Treats stands outside of her shop on July 18. The grand opening was Aug. 1. PHOTO by MARTHA FIERRO/THE UNIVERSITY STAR


Downtown San Marcos just got a whole lot sweeter.

Candy Sweets Treats opened its doors on 241 N. LBJ Drive with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 1. The store will provide San Martians with a variety of unique confections, owner Leanne Latham said.

Latham, said visiting candy shops was her favorite thing to do as a child.

“It was always something I thought I could expand on,” Latham said.

Latham said she could not think of a better town to start her own business in.

“I really love San Marcos,” Latham said. “Anything that I want to do as far as going into business for myself would be here.”

San Marcos resident Andrew Caldwell said most members of the community want to see businesses like Latham’s thrive.

“I personally think the more businesses that pop up down here, the better,” Caldwell said. “And I think it’ll end up becoming a popular place because of the candy.”

Latham said having a shop in close proximity to Texas State was something she always hoped to do. She said much of the merchandise in the store will be catered towards adults.

“I love the college and the college kids being in San Marcos,” Latham said. “It keeps the town young and evolving.”

Alta Jafari, friend of the owner, said Latham has wanted make her dream of opening a candy shop a reality for quite some time. She said Latham decided to open the store in San Marcos after noticing a lack of candy shops around town.

“I am very excited for her to open up the store,” Latham said. “She is 100 percent committed to this and has had a blast with it.”

Latham said bringing the store to life was a big undertaking.

“I actually had been working on this since February,” Latham said. “I found my lease in March and I have been renovating since then.”

Caldwell said the shop will be valuable to members of the San Marcos community who have limited options when it comes to satisfying their sweet tooth.

“I don’t want candy, I need candy,” Caldwell said. “I am a gummy fan and if I want to see anything in the shop it is gummy sharks.”

Latham said her inventory will be made up of more than just candy. She plans to sell pies from Texas Pie Company in Kyle, novelty ice creams and bottled soda. The store will also carry old-school lunchboxes and toys such as bouncy balls, silly straws and funny gags, Latham said.

“The majority of candy that I want to have is retro or nostalgic types,” Latham said. “I want to have the odd kind of candies that you wouldn’t normally see anywhere else.”

LOUIS ZYLKA is a lifestyles reporter for The University Star, the student newspaper of Texas State University, where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the University Star and the San Marcos Mercury.

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