Who We Are...
Something Sweet is a lovely, old fashioned candy shop, established in 1998, and located in the center of beautiful, downtown, Antioch, Illinois.
Michele Michel and her friend, Sandy Leibolt started the business, making those first batches of their homemade fudge in the window of the original location, a few doors north of the present shop. Sandy and her husband, Paul, worked tirelessly on the construction of that first sweet little shop. After several months, Sandy decided to persue other interests, and the two remain great friends today.
Michele quickly learned that sampling was the way to introduce her new business, and began tastings and selling her now famous fudge at farmers' markets from Grayslake and Gurnee, to Libertyville, as well as attending Kenosha and Lake County Fairs for years. In 2006, Something Sweet moved to its current, larger location, affording the space for a viewing kitchen, more homemade items, and just about any candy you can think of!
Fresh, quality products, elegantly presented, with the friendliest service, is what keeps customers coming back year after year. From the original maple, squeeky, hardwood floors and the rich, vaulted beadboard, to the brick walls and tin ceilings, this shop brings back memories to the fine folks who appreciate the good ol' days. The shop features a vast selection of nostalgic candies, as well as the newer, novelty, kids' choices. Whether you feel a little 'nutty' and you need a homemade "Bearfoot", (our version of the best "turtle" you'll ever have"), or you need Something Sweet to take to a special event, Something Sweet will become your "Go To" destination. Maybe your special neighbor will feel a bit more special coming home to a bag filled with some homemade chocolate fudge, boxed and bowed, hanging on her doorknob.
Something Sweet ships anywhere in America, allowing many corporate customers the opportunity to give well anticipated quality gifts at Christmas and several times during the year.
Something Sweet is an avid supporter of our U.S. Military, having given thousands of pounds of homemade fudge over the years to the fine men and women who serve America overseas.
Something Sweet is especially proud of its recent partnership with the newly rennovated Antioch Theater, through a 5 year commitment of sponsorship. "Something Sweet at the Movies", the theater's new concession stand, will have several homemade sweets available for purchase, when the Antioch Theater reopens at the end of February, 2015.
In recent years, Michele's daughter, Ashley, has become the new face of Something Sweet, after her Mom and Dad, and sister, Abby, relocated to California, for a job opportunity for Dan. and to be closer to Michele's Dad.
Ashley grew up in a candy store in upstate NY, where MIchele worked for a wonderful Mom and Pop gourmet chocolate shop before they became so popular. From age 3, and wearing pajamas, holding a little white bag of goodies, noone knew the significance of those years. Ashley worked at her mother's shop since it opened, and essentially turned the business into a family business, after attending Northern University and returning to work part time and eventually learning all aspects of the shop, including making the fudge. Little Abby started helping out as early as 5, learning the business from her Mom and Ashley. Over the years, the Mom and daughters spent many years working together at the candy shop. Even now, Abby flies out at Christmas to work the rush!
It is through Ashley's amazing customer service, an intense work ethic, and her vast knowlege of the entire business, front and back, that keeps Something Sweet going strong. Ashley's personality is delightful, and you will probably end up laughing at some point during your visit, as this girl is funny!
Michele credits her Dad for giving her the confidence to open a shop in the first place. Her father always told her to "treat people the way you would want to be treated." His ability to attract people and truly treat them well, and help them, wherever they were in their life, is a quality that Michele says she continues to strive for. He is the people person, the guy who makes things happen, her mentor, her rock. as she continues to build Something Sweet from CA and her many trips to Antioch during the year.