Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Gift Shop

Win­ner: Sweets & Treats at 3138 Rich­mond St.

Though the store’s only been open on Rich­mond Street since Decem­ber, Sweets & Treats has quickly gained a sig­ni­fic­ant fol­low­ing as a sweet spot to pick up some treats to give as a gift—or keep for your­self. 

Co-own­er Wayne Bul­lock said he be­lieves it’s the unique candy of­fer­ings and cus­tom gift bas­kets that make the store stand out. 

In fact, he said his shop is one of the few places where loc­als can get Turk­ish taffy and “fly­ing sau­cers”: candy-filled pouches made of sweetened un­leavened bread. Cus­tom­ers can also get a taste of Her­shey’s ice cream for a cool $1 per scoop.

As a new res­id­ent of the com­munity—he moved with his fam­ily to Port Rich­mond to help open the store—Bul­lock said the area has been wel­com­ing, and he hopes to re­turn neigh­bors’ kind­ness by provid­ing an open, friendly at­mo­sphere at his shop.

“When we first looked at the neigh­bor­hood, we thought, ‘It’s all fam­il­ies, but they have nowhere fun to go,’” he said. “The neigh­bor­hood has been great. Every­one has been wel­com­ing.” 

Since the shop has opened, they have ad­ded an ice cream cool­er and a counter for Ash­er’s brand chocol­ates. 

Bul­lock’s fa­vor­ite part of work­ing in the River Wards? The people, he said.

“We have people come in from Fishtown. They walk all the way over here with strollers and everything,” he said. “It’s just been so much fun.” 

Sweets & Treats can be con­tac­ted at 215-425-3771.

-Hay­den Mit­man

Run­ner Up: AFI Flowers at 3065 Rich­mond St.

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