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.