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  • Su Nokkeo opened The Sweet Shop in the Benfield Shopping Center and carries an assortment of fine chocolates, hard-to-find confections and other novelty snacks.
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    Su Nokkeo opened The Sweet Shop in the Benfield Shopping Center and carries an assortment of fine chocolates, hard-to-find confections and other novelty snacks.

The Sweet Shop Makes A Delectable Debut In Severna Park

Dylan Roche
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June 27, 2018

Severna Park residents with a sweet tooth will be salivating to know that there’s a new place in town for them to get their sugar fix. The Sweet Shop, recently opened in the Benfield Shopping Center by founder Su Nokkeo, carries an assortment of popular — as well as hard-to-find — chocolates, candies and other snacks, whether shoppers want to find something for themselves, buy a gift for someone else, or just bring a tasty conversation starter to their next get-together.

Before opening The Sweet Shop in March 2018, Nokkeo owned a Thai restaurant with her husband, Chum. They sold the restaurant in 2012, but Nokkeo knew she didn’t want to stay at home. For a few years, she worked a retail job before her entrepreneurial spirit took the forefront again. “I said I couldn’t take it anymore — all my adult life, I had been self-employed and been my own boss, so I quit,” she recalled. “I wanted to do a little store like this, simple, so I would not have to have employees or any headache.”

Nokkeo, who lives in Pasadena, runs the shop by herself, and she knows every item on the sales floor. She carries an assortment of the Baltimore-based Jeppi Nuts; packages of confections by Nancy Adams, which is popular in New York; and fine products from Asher’s Chocolate Co. of Philadelphia.

There are old-fashioned chocolate bars that are hard to find in today’s market — Mary Jane bars, Clark bars, Mallo Cups, Oh Henry! bars, Skybars and Rocky Road bars. “People will say, ‘Oh, I haven’t had these since I was young,’” Nokkeo said of her customers’ reactions.

For those who grew up or lived in Europe, Nokkeo even sells popular chocolate bars from the United Kingdom, such as Mars bars, Aero bars, Lion bars and Bounty bars.

Finally, The Sweet Shop proves candy can be fun by offering a children’s section where candy comes in toy form or else can be made through a DIY kit.

Nokkeo sees her shop as a great fit for the local retail scene. “I like Severna Park because it’s a family-type community,” she said. Her location has proven to be a challenge because there’s little foot traffic in the shopping center, but she said people visiting Safeway or one of the other shops have been making their way over and discovering her.

The Sweet Shop is located at 564 Benfield Road in Severna Park and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00am to 7:00pm, Friday from 11:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday from noon to 8:00pm and Sunday from noon to 4:00pm. For more information, call 667-777-4965.


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