Something for all at Lake Bluff’s new candy store, “Sweet Things”

December 12, 2011



Photo:  (Left) Ilene Disch and (Right) Denise Peterson, proprietors of Sweet Things in Lake Bluff, display gift items for the holiday seasonPhoto: (Left) Ilene Disch and (Right) Denise Peterson, proprietors of Sweet Things in Lake Bluff, display gift items for the holiday season

Recently a new store opened for business on October 1st in Lake Bluff at 615 Sheridan Road with the alluring name of “Sweet Things.”

Sweet Things shares the same building with Brookside Cleaners, and, as with the patrons of Brookside Cleaners, the entrance to Sweet Things is located behind the store front where there is ample place to park.

The candy shop became reality through a friendship which resulted in a business partnership between Lake Bluffer Ilene Disch and Denise Peterson of Mt. Prospect. Denise was previously involved in the insurance business and decided that the time was right for a change. Ilene saw the need in Lake Bluff for a candy store after the closing of the Village Market which offered a wide array of candy and other sweets to children and grownups alike.

It is only natural that kids would have initially discovered Sweet Things, as candy has a way of attracting children because it tastes so good even to the youngest child. Many parents have been introduced to Sweet Things through their children, who have told proprietors Ilene and Denise that it was their child who insisted they visit the store.

I’m far removed from my childhood, yet it didn’t take me long to investigate what was inside a store with the name of Sweet Things, as I drove south on Sheridan Road a few weeks ago

I have always loved candy, especially if chocolate is involved. Perhaps it is because my student teaching took place in Hershey, PA. Every day I got to sniff the wonderful smell of chocolate on route to my student teaching assignment in Hershey from nearby Lebanon Valley College in Pa., from which I received my under graduate degree in Music Education ages ago.

And investigate the store I did. I knew immediately that I had to tell others about my wonderful find in my own Village of Lake Bluff.

There was much to like about the new candy store and its two owners. With the enthusiasm of a child, I progressed from one candy-filled large container to another displayed on an attractive wall shelf arrangement. Among many varieties of gummi candy selections were Sour Gummi Worms, Fruit Gummi Bears, and Gummi Butterflies — very popular with the young patrons — along with Swedish Fish, Blue Raspberry Gummi Sharks, and Sour Patch Kids. Among the numerous chocolate selections were Chocolate Covered Cashews, Cherries, Pretzels, Raisins, and Malted Milk Balls.

In addition to the many attractively displayed Gummis and Chocolate Covered selections to choose from, a fine assortment of chocolates is available and greets customers as they enter Sweet Things. My favorite was easy to spot, Chocolate Covered Carmels, but the wide assortment array also includes Chocolate Cashew Turtles, Chocolate Peanut Butter Meltaways, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Creams, and at least a dozen other favorites which that should offer something to please even the most discriminating connoisseurs of chocolate.

The motto of “Sweet Things” tells much about the desire of owners Ilene and Denise to please all customers whatever the occasion:

“We go out of our way to provide the freshest and tastiest packages for any and for all of your special occasions. You can pick from our prepared packages or select your own assortments. We have a wide variety to choose from and all treats are hand packages. All assortments can be combined in a decorative basket, box or tray for any event. We have the following selections for your choosing: World’s Best Gummis – Chocolate Covered Treats – Salty Snacks – Fine Chocolate Selections.”

The owners are ready to help you with occasion gift needs such as Birthdays, Housewarming gifts, Customer appreciation, Promotions, Corporate gifts and Seasonal gifts. The attractive brochure available for handout at the store advises that you call or email to set up an appointment, although I’m sure a visit to the store itself would be desirable when selecting gifting choices.

Sweet Things does offer both Nationwide and Local Hand Delivery. Baskets start as low as $10.95.

Now is the ideal time to visit Sweet Things in this Christmas and holiday gift-giving season. And don’t forget those special occasions and holidays in the year ahead where candy is the ideal gift.

In actuality, there really is no special time to enjoy some candy. Why not treat yourself today and visit Sweet Things in Lake Bluff?

Contact information for Sweet Things: Phone: (847) 615-2557 Email:



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