CLINTON — A Sweet Read is now open in Clinton and folks from around the region are stopping in to buy some treats and perhaps find something to read.

Marsha and Dick Weber opened the shop on Sept. 25 at the corner of 11th Avenue South and 14th Street, near Bluff Elementary School. The idea for the shop came from Marsha’s lifetime love of reading and Dick’s insatiable sweet tooth.

“I have read all my life and kept collecting books,” Marsha Weber said. “I just had so many that I had enough to use for inventory.”

The Webers were in the process of renovating a house near the shop. Marsha had spent the past year coming into Clinton to work on the house and constantly drove past the open storefront.

“I drove by this place every day and I was thinking somebody should open something there. So it just kind of came together,” she said. Instead of renting out the newly renovated home, the Webers moved in and opened A Sweet Read.

“The community has been very supportive,” she said. “They love the book trade. A lot of people have complimented us on our selection.”

Among the continuously expanding inventory, customers will find old-fashioned favorite treats such as Boston baked beans, French burnt peanuts, salt water taffy and other sweets from years past. Customers also can get a wide variety of ice cream flavors available in cones, sundaes, shakes, Boston shakes and floats, not to mention the caramel popcorn, licorice, Necco wafers, chocolates, pretzels, chips, nuts and all kinds of candy.

“It really does take a while to look around, we have so much stuff,” Weber said.

Gluten and sugar-free items are available and the shop can order items for people with special dietary needs.

Customers also can pick up all the spices or seasonings they need for cooking and baking. Weber includes a spice use brochure with every purchase, explaining what each spice is used for. The shop also offers a wide range of bulk foods supplied by Pennsylvania Dutch Bulk Foods including dips, sauces, syrups, fruit spreads, dressings and mixes.

Gift baskets are available. Customers can choose from pre-made baskets filled with cheese and sausages or chocolates and treats, or pick out what they would like to include and have a basket specially made.

A Sweet Read also offers area residents a book, magazine, CD and video trading service. Customers can bring in their items and trade for in-store credit on book purchases. The shop has an extensive collection, including sections on diet and exercise, romance, fiction, non-fiction, educational and a children’s section. Weber said she will be happy to order books for customers online if they can’t find what they’re looking for.

To trade books at A Sweet Read, the book must be in good condition and not be overstocked at the store. The book’s subject matter must be appropriate for store display as determined by store personnel. More details on trading are available at the shop.

The shop offers muffins and cinnamon rolls, as well as a soup and sandwich menu. A variety of beverages are offered to complement the meal, including several flavors of coffees and cappuccino, juice, milk, soft drinks, tea and many flavored specialty teas. A coffee card is available offering one free coffee for every five cups purchased.

Weber invites people to come to the shop and browse the book selection or try some sweets.

A Sweet Read

Who: Dick and Marsha Weber

What: Book, movie and magazine trading, bulk foods, gift baskets and sweets shop

Where: 1401 11th Ave. South

When: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

What else: For more information, call 242-1380

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