Sugar Doll to close in bittersweet fashion
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Retirement is truly bittersweet when you close down a candy store.
Since 2011, 69-year-old Mary McComb has owned and operated Sugar Doll; known for truffles and candy not found anywhere else in the city, as well as various gifts. These range from greeting cards, paper products, and one of her most popular attractions: socks.
“It’s been more fun than I’ve ever imagined,” said McComb. “I’ve met so many people in town, made a lot of true friends, and have eaten far too much candy.”
McComb operated Paper Doll, a stationary store, since 2007. In 2011, McComb merged Paper Doll with Rick and Andrea Opperman’s Sugar Cubed to create Sugar Doll. For McComb, selling products she truly loves has been a sweet spot through this experience, aside from the candy itself.
“I plan on losing 15 pounds without even trying once I close this store.” joked McComb.
McComb is a retired college professor, who taught in New York, and at UW-Stevens Point for some time. She has been a part of the Stevens Point community for thirty years, and currently serves as the District 9 representative on the Stevens Point common council.
Sugar Doll almost stayed afloat, as according to McComb, a potential buyer was ready to takeover the location. However, the property owner rented the space to another business that will take the space instead. Regardless, regulars to the store will take some comfort that Sugar Doll will live on in other locations.
Local Makers Market Agora will sell the popular Blue-Q line of socks which could only be found at Sugar Doll, locally. For those in need of one-of-a-kind truffles, you can find them at http://www.moonstruckchocolate.com/
“I don’t feel bad for myself retiring, but this is a Stevens Point gem,” said McComb. “This store was really unique.”
McComb will spend retirement reading, and drinking more coffee and wine with friends. While the last day of her sale is slated for Wednesday, Sugar Doll’s final day will be Friday, Nov. 2.
Sugar Doll is located at 1336 Strongs Ave.