Saturday, November 02, 2013
By Dave Matlow
An old-fashioned ice cream parlor will make its return to Westport after more than 50 years thanks to two Westporters who are retail novices but nostalgic for a sweet shop.
Saugatuck Sweets will debut early next year in the Saugatuck Center space previously occupied by Saugatuck Craft Butchery, which has moved across the street, said Al DiGuido, software entrepreneur and founder of the Al’s Angels charity, one of the principals.
He said his family has partnered with Pete Romano, better known for his engineering expertise, and his family to make their dream a reality.
“Our goal with Saugatuck Sweets is to bring back a time when kids and adults enjoyed visiting the local sweet shop for a cone, shake, malted, egg cream…A time when families made a special trip to have a special dessert after dinner at one of the area restaurants to sit by the river,” DiGuido said.
He said the store will have a wide variety of high quality desserts, ice cream, yogurt, bulk candy and seasonal gift baskets and items.
DiGuido emphasized the venture is not a “chain store.
“Saugatuck Sweets is owned and operated by the DiGuido and Romano families.We look forward to greeting so many of our friends in Westport when we open in early January. We are committed to providing the tastiest treats available in Westport.”
He said there are a variety of plans, ideas and promotions that Saugatuck Sweets will launch when it opens
“Suffice to say, there will always be something special going on at Saugatuck Sweets,” DiGuido said. “We want to make the experience of visiting and shopping in the local sweet shop fun for all of our customers.”
Westport had an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in the 1950s and ‘60s, first on Main Street and then on Post Road East.
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Perfect!!! This is the missing piece, now filled, in Saugatuck. People can have some dinner and then stroll over and have some desert.
And its not froyo, Westport surely has enough of those. And as Al said, its not a chain. Leave those for the rest of Westport as well.
This is a wonderful compliment to the other businesses who have recently opened and occupied the Saugatuck Center/Gault development. Westport residents should visit and support these local enterprises. Bravo to Al and Pete, I wish them the best in their next venture! Mary Young