Niagara Gazette — There’s one more sweet spot on Old Falls Street since a new ice cream and candy store opened recently in the Sheraton Hotel.
The idea for the new candy boutique, called the Hershey’s Sweet Spot, came from hotel owner Michael DiCienzo, according to Sheraton’s director of sales Geoffrey Reeds, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.
Reeds said that DiCienzo, vice president of the family controlled hotel group, Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc., decided to create a store similar to one the company owns in Niagara Falls, Ont.
The new store will feature Hershey’s Products, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and chocolate covered strawberries, along with a variety of Hershey’s candy and products from the locally owned Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, Reeds said.
Apparently the store is already a hit with the tourists. “This week we had an East Indian family come in and order $120 worth of candy,” he noted.
The new store is adjacent to the Starbucks in the hotel and will soon include outdoor seating on Old Falls Street.
“It will be a nice enhancement to the street,” Reeds added. The store will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week during tourist season with reduced hours in the winter.
The store will also be an added attraction during the concert series the Sheraton-owned TGI Friday’s is sponsoring starting June 21. The free Friday concerts were without a major sponsor this year and in danger of being cancelled when the hotel management stepped up and took sponsorship of the event, The concert venue has been moved to Third Street and the bands will play from 7 to 10 p.m. and include local bands each Friday through Oct. 4, which is Oktoberfest.
The Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. also operates six prominent hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, as well as the Days Inn on Main Street here,