Leigh Lamkin has dreamed of opening a candy store since childhood.
These days Lamkin is like a kid in a candy store because she now owns her very own sweet shop.
Livingston Sweet Shoppe opened about six weeks ago in the Town of Livingston, which is located at the intersection of Mississippi highways 463 and 22 in Madison County.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and have a candy shop,” explained Lamkin, who has visited candy stores on numerous vacations. “My husband believes if there is something you want to do, then you should do it.”
Surrounded by buildings in the newly recreated town that are in the style of the 1880s when Livingston served as Madison County’s first county seat, the shop is a sweet addition to the development that includes two restaurants, a mercantile store, barber shop and cooking school.
With walls painted a cheery turquoise and punctuated by large windows that allow sunshine to beam in and potential customers to take a look, Livingston Sweet Shoppe sports an old-time vibe with a modern twist. It’s a happy place.
Old-fashioned clear jars take center stage and house more than 200 kinds of candy, each sold by the pound and sure to be of interest to anyone with a sweet tooth. “We have everything from chocolate-covered potato chips to gummy chicken feet,” she said.
Also available are a variety of nostalgic candy from wax lips to rolls of NECCO Wafers that may remind you of your childhood or perhaps become part of one unfolding.
Lamkin said her mission is to bring joy and share memories of the good old days when times where simpler.
Fresh popcorn is made daily and with the addition of seasonings comes in a variety of savory and sweet flavors. The most popular?
“Our top seller is dill pickle,” she said.
While it’s not a flavor I might usually select, I tried it, and yes, I admit it. I like it. I washed it down with a ginger beer, a non-alcoholic drink from Australia, and that, too grew on me with each sip.
I somehow managed to overlook the ice cream, but it a perfect reason to return. Hand-dipped ice cream is available in several flavors and may be paired with an M&M cookie cone or an Oreo cookie cone, to name two of the most popular ones.
The biggest ice cream hit?
Why it’s the pretzel cone with praline pecan ice cream, which offers something salty and sweet.
Lamkin who has no retail experience, said business has been good thanks to visitors who stop by for a little something sweet after lunch, the after-dinner crowd that craves ice cream, mothers who treat their children and the Livingston Farmers Market that draws new customers every Thursday.
“On Farmers Market days, the line wraps around inside the store,” she said.
Lamkin, who works a full-time job educating people about the dangers of tobacco use, said her family is a large part of her effort. She and her husband Will are parents to three sons: Dayne Luby, 13; Slay Luby, 10; and Scout Lamkin, 17 months old.
“This will provide a way for them to see how a business works,” she said. “The boys will get to work with us, too.”
The shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact Nell Luter Floyd at email@example.com.
Last modified: August 30, 2017