Mount Clemens candy store once struggling during the pandemic bounces back with plans to expand

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 18:39:17-05

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) — You may remember a candy shop in Mount Clemens featured on a We’re Open segment back in December.

The owner of Pops Sweets An Treats is bouncing back during these tough times. He’s investing back in the store after almost being forced to close its doors.

“It’s been overwhelming. (We) still haven’t had a chance to catch our breath. We are just going, going and going,” said owner Mike Karpinski.

In early December, Karpinski thought his retro candy store wasn't going to survive much longer. After being featured on 7 Action News, the community rallied together.

Customers bought so much candy the store’s website crashed and it was hard to keep up with orders. That put Karpinski back on his feet.

So, he decided to expand.

He's taking over a 600-square-foot retail space next door. There he will be selling retro merchandise, Mount Clemens memorabilia and candy cakes.

“We are taking a chance," Karpinski said. "I don’t know if it is going to work but we are on a high spot right now, so might as well do it.”

Pops Sweets An Treats will also bring back retro arcade games. Karpinski is working with city officials to boost foot traffic, with plans for outdoor events.

Karpinski says he’s grateful for all the attention the store is getting.

“I just want to thank everybody for the support," he said. "It has been overwhelming for me and my family. Thank you, guys. Please keep coming out to support us.”

The new retail space will open on March 6.

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