WEYMOUTH – There’s no skimping on perfection at Sally’s Sweet Shoppe.
Inside Weymouth’s modest shop window is a neatly curated display of chocolates, truffles and turtles, all handcrafted in the shop. The store’s three employees make over 930 pieces of artisan caramel a week, every truffle filling is handmade, and around major holidays they can make over 100 pounds of chocolates each week.
“There’s bark to do, wrappers to do, creams to do, we do all the toppings,” co-owner Glenn Pelrine said. “It’s a process.”
Sally and Glenn Pelrine are entering their ninth year as chocolatiers and owners of Sally’s Sweet Shoppe. For weeks, they’ve been preparing for Valentine’s Day, one of the top three holidays that draw shoppers to their store. In the days leading up to the Holiday of Love, they will be selling over 10,000 Sea Salt Toffees, Turtles, Peanut Butter Cups and Chocolate Covered Oreos.
For them, it’s a science: Monday is for making caramel; Tuesday is for chocolate enrobing; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated to creating, filling and cooling the truffle shells; and the weekends are for whatever’s left, usually for making peanut butter cups, snow caps, and chocolate lollipops.
Along with longtime employee Tess Lebarron, the Pelrines do everything themselves.
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“I use really good Belgian chocolate, we all make our own fillings and it’s really small batches,” Sally said. “We really worked hard to develop the recipes we use and we try to keep them as consistent as possible.”
“No expense is spared,” added her husband. “We are really doing our best.”
Sally’s Sweet Shoppe represents a major change for Sally and Glenn, who worked in human resources and engineering before opening the shop.
“I always wanted to run my own business,” Sally Pelrine said of her transition from human resources to chocolate maker. “I wanted to be a baker, actually, but Glenn had to leave the state to work and I started taking chocolate classes. He came home and said, ‘This is so good. It’s something we could do. “
Today, it is the favorite place for thousands of families for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter gifts. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, they sold tens of thousands of chocolate pieces. The new year, they say, is like starting all over again.
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In addition to handmade chocolates, Sally’s Sweet Shoppe sells chocolate-covered crackers and cookies, penny candies, and vegan and nut-free options made in a separate facility. They sell orders as small as an individual piece of chocolate and as large as corporate gifts or wedding favors.
“Most people who come here do it because someone else told them to, which is just the ultimate compliment,” Sally said. “Then they come back again and again.”
Uniquely Local is a series of stories by Mary Whitfill highlighting South Shore farmers, bakers and makers. Do you have a story idea? Contact Mary at [email protected]
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