John Frechette and Christian Burch worked next to Mursell McLaughlin’s chocolate and pottery shop across from Made (where she was also their landlord) for many years. They had been talking to her about taking over the space, when she passed away last March. They decided to honor her memory by naming their new candy store after her and opened Mursell’s Sweet Shop this summer.
It has quickly become a favorite stop for all ages looking for a sweet treat, a unique hostess gift or a foodie find. “It is a fun, different take on a candy store,” said Frechette. Sara Nicolson, a trained pastry chef, had been working for the entrepreneurs at Made and became the manager of the new store when it opened.
“Candy exists everywhere,” Frechette said. His goal with this store was to complement, and not recreate, what other businesses are doing in Jackson. “We worked hard to find cool candies from other places. We looked high and low for boutique candy makers all over the world.”
The concept, he said, fits well with the goal at Made to showcase artisans. He said that they wanted to make sure the products offered something to excite kids and adults. One of the biggest compliments he’s had to date? “Someone walked in and said “it feels like a smile in here.'”
We asked Frechette to show us a few of their favorite things and here are the highlights:
Look for a mixture of retro classics, locally made chocolates and truffles, and artisan finds in the store. Don’t see a favorite? Frechette said they welcome any recommendations and are always in the market for your favorite treats that they may not have heard of just yet!
You can find Mursell’s Sweet Shop at 125 North Cache Street open from noon to 8 p.m. every day.