The Test of Time


As small business owners for over 26 years, we enjoy discovering other small businesses that have stood the test of time.  Sisters’ Sweets is one such shop; we visit it on each trip to Door County, Wisconsin.  It is not as large as many retails shops on the Door, but it has something almost undefinable–character. 

The shop is operated by sisters and their husbands as a family owned business in Fish Creek.  It is located in the lower level of The Whistling Swan Inn, just off Main Street.  Their name refers to their home-made candies.  But they also offer a sweet mix of decorative accessories and cherry-themed gifts.  We purchased charming cherry placemats for our breakfast table and gifts for my helpers at our Christmas Open House from their carefully chosen assortment.  On our way back to our room, we pick up their delicious caramels as a special treat.  Our reception at Sisters’ Sweets is always warm and appreciated, and is accompanied by an invitation to sample their candies.

As we prepare to retire from our own collectable shop, I hope we will be remembered as a business with character and warmth.  As I watched the movie You’ve Got Mail again last night, I related to the Meg Ryan character.  She was closing a book shop her mother began and moving on with her life in a fresh direction.  Life is filled with seasons of change.  Our character is defined by how we adapt to the challenges of change.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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