Payson addicts count your chocolate coins because the Sugar Shack is no more.
After 25 years in business, the beloved candy shop in the Swiss Village Shops has put the lid on its double boiler, stashed the truffles and boxed up its assortment of kaleidoscope-colored candies.
Owner Joni Dalton said she is heartbroken to see the tiny shop fold.
“This is really hard for me,” she said choked up.
“We really had a lot of fun. I have some great memories. I am really going to miss it.”
Dalton took the then-struggling shop over five years ago and turned it around, doubling the inventory and revenue. When the economy took a dive, however, Dalton said so did her business.
“This stuff is expensive,” she said pointing to a glass case full of custom chocolate treats.
“It is really hard to compete with the Walmarts of the world.”
In January, Dalton saw the biggest drop in revenue and despite her best efforts, the store never recovered.
On Wednesday, the Sugar Shack quietly closed. Dalton did not hold a blowout-closing sale or even tell anyone. Instead, she hung a simple note on the door explaining the closure.
“I didn’t want to drag it out,” she said.
Of the inventory and chocolate, Dalton said she plans to take it home, sell some of it at garage sales and give the rest of it away to family and friends.
Instead of making chocolate every morning, Dalton and her husband Craig Dalton plan to travel.
“I am going to retire,” she said. “I am using the economy as an excuse to retire.”
In August, the Daltons bought Cardo’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant from Rick Floyd. The couple dreamed of sprucing up the restaurant and running it long term, but after only four months of ownership, the couple sold the restaurant back to Floyd because of the economy.