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Julie's Sweet Shoppe offers healthy alternatives each Thursday

Posted: June 18, 2014 - 4:06pm
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Among the shops traditional sweet treats, this summer Julie’s Sweet Shoppe is also offering fresh, locally grown produce beginning Thursday morning from 7-10 on the front patio.

“Julie wanted to do something new so she asked my mother if she would like to sell over here for the summer,” said Mary Rose Rappold, manager of Julie’s Sweet Shoppe.

Mary Rose’s mother, Phyllis Strack, has been farming and gardening all her life. She lives just four miles from Julie’s Sweet Shoppe where she tends to a three-acre garden on the Strack family farm.

Phyllis has been selling her produce with the original Conway Farmer’s Market at Antioch Baptist Church for 26 years.

Thursday morning, she’ll have cucumbers, new potatoes, peppers and green beans. In a few weeks, customers can look forward to black berries, tomatoes and squash.

Owner Julie Good night said a lot of people are trying to eat a healthy diet, so by offering fresh, local produce, the sweet shop can appeal to more people.

“If someone doesn’t want to eat something sweet, they can come by and check out our store while buying something from Mrs. Phyllis,” Julie said.

Phyllis’ produce will be available each Thursday morning from 7-10 a.m. on the front patio of Julie’s Sweet Shoppe.

“As long as her garden keeps growing she’ll be here,” Julie said.

Phyllis can also be found at the Conway Farmer’s Market at Antioch Baptist Church at 150 Amity Road each Tuesday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

Heather Avaritt also sets up in the sweet shop each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with her homemade, gluten-free baked goods.

Heather supplies Julie’s Sweet Shoppe with gluten-free options of cookies, cakes and muffins as well as loafs of bread, dinner rolls and pizza crusts.

Heather stays with her products all day, and is there to answer any dietary questions, Julie said.

Heather normally comes close to selling out each Thursday, Julie said, so come early.

Julie’s Sweet Shoppe is located in the Conway Towne Center at 201 Skyline Dr. Suite 39.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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