Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer
December 18, 2013
NEWBERRY — Just in time for the holiday season, NaWilSte sweet and spicy shop has opened in Newberry. The store had its official ribbon cutting with the Newberry Chamber of Commerce.
NaWilSte, owned and managed by Michelle Gray, gets its name from her children — Natalie, William, and Stephanie. The candy shop is located at 382 Wilson Road in Newberry.
Gray said she’s always enjoyed making candy, since her children were little. Now that they’re grown, Gray said she’s gotten her degree, worked for Caterpillar, taught at Southern Crescent Technical College, and now was the time to officially open her own shop.
Gray and her husband Craig have lived in Newberry for almost three years. Her husband currently works for Caterpillar, but was present to help on the opening day of Gray’s store on Tuesday.
Gray said the renovation process took about five months to complete, but she’s excited with the results. NaWilSte’s hours are 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They sell candy, truffles, caramels, as well as cupcakes and muffins.
Although Gray said they mostly carry homemade candy, they also carry gourmet foods and herbs, some of which are made in the store. NaWilSte also carries Amish jams and jellies.
NaWilSte currently has a website, but parts of the site are still under construction, according to Gray. Once completed, customers will be able to place online orders for cakes and other items. Gray said she hopes the site will be fully accessible by the end of January. Their website is www.nawilste.com.
“I’m glad to be in and a part of this community,” Gray said. “I’m looking forward to serving here.”
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