Sweet shop set to open in downtown Latrobe
Terri Rodgers finally is getting her own storefront in downtown Latrobe.
After almost seven years of working out of her home, melting chocolate to dip apples and making candies, then wrapping them up and topping them with a bow, Terri’s Gourmet Sweet Treats is set to open April 6, at 339 Main Street in Latrobe
“This came about as truly a hobby. And the fact that it’s progressed into something that’s my passion … when the opportunity came about in Latrobe, my husband nudged me,” Rodgers said. “I’m just really excited about this.”
Originally making candies for her large, extended family as Christmas gifts, Rodgers works to use only locally-sourced products for her caramel apples, candy bars, gift baskets and more.
As word spread about her candies, Rodgers was being asked how people could buy some for themselves. As a way to make extra money, Rodgers decided to start selling her products to people other than her family.
But, as her popularity grew, so did the hustle and bustle in and out of her home.
“It’s just getting to be overwhelming to have people come to my house or for me to deliver everything,” she said.
As a full-time employee who handles accounts payable for the Derry Area School District, Rodgers realized she needed a place that could help her manage her time — and an area where she could continue to make every piece herself for her customers.
And, so far, the support has been incredible from both the community and business owners, Rodgers said.
As the first candy shop in downtown Latrobe since locally owned Gene and Boots left the area, Rodgers said people are excited to have that kind of store in their community again.
To balance her full-time job and the storefront, Rodgers plans to open three nights a week from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The grand opening on April 6 will feature Easter-themed candies, specials and more.
“It’s my craft,” she said. “Some people do art. I do apples.”
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, email@example.com or via Twitter .