Tucker can be described by any number of adjectives; hospitable, friendly, welcoming and genuine all fit the bill. Now, thanks to entrepreneur Amber Carter, you can add the word “sweet” to that list.
Carter and her family opened Kaylee’s Candy Boutique last month in the Tucker Town Square shopping center beside Handy Ace Hardware. The business, which is named for Carter’s daughter, was birthed from an existing business that took them throughout metro Atlanta.
“We originally had a mobile sweet truck,” Carter explained at the store’s ribbon cutting on November 7. “We wanted to extend the business to give an actual sweet place for people to come and visit. So we figured what better way to do it than to open up a candy store?”
Carter’s love of candy was inspired by a fascination with the classic 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Unlike the film, which features children touring the factory that creates their favorite sweet treats, Kaylee’s Candy Boutique is open to all who want to visit, not just those with a golden ticket.
“We offer a variety of gourmet treats and candies from a lot of small businesses,” Carter shared. “[Kaylee’s is] a fun place where people can come and have fun and just somewhere to kind of get away from the real world.”
So, what does a candy boutique sell? Essentially, anything sweet. A look around Kaylee’s quickly reveals flavored chocolate bars, different varieties of cotton candy, popcorns and gummy candy, copious amounts of Rice Krispie treats, as well as a wall of gumballs. And the fact that the store is located here in Tucker is no accident either.
“Everything that we do has brought us back to Tucker,” Carter said. “[My husband and I] actually met in Tucker 12 years ago, we had our baby shower in Tucker, I used to work at Northlake Mall. So Tucker’s always been our ideal place and everything that we do has just brought us right back to Tucker.”
Kaylee’s Candy Boutique is located at 3977 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite C. You can find them online at www.kayleecakepopsandmore.com or on Instagram @kayleescandyboutique.