The Sweet Shoppe Closes at Cross Street Market, Taharka Brothers to Replace It

| July 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

After 32 years at Cross Street Market, The Sweet Shoppe closed as owner Pete Pittas is planning to retire. The Cross Street Market team of Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev announced today the candy stall will be replaced by Taharka Brothers, a Baltimore-based ice cream business, this summer.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Pittas in a press release. “I’m going to miss it, but the timing is right; I’ll be 76 [years old] this December! I wish Taharka and the Market all the best.”

The Sweet Shoppe sold Baltimore-made Naron Chocolates, ice cream, milkshakes, lollipops, gummies, and other candies.

Taharka Brothers was started 2008 and sells ice cream to more than 150 Baltimore-area restaurants, grocery stores, and ice cream shops. The Sweet Shoppe previously sold Taharka Brothers.

Along with ice cream, Taharka Brothers is passionate at workforce development and social change.

“We’re excited to continue our growth into the retail space, and present our product within Cross Street Market in a stall that represents our company and what we stand for,” said Chris Barry, director of retail operations for Taharka Brothers, in a press release. “We miss our interactions with customers and are thrilled to build these relationships in Federal Hill.”

A variety of the ice cream flavors previously sold at The Sweet Shoppe, including local favorites Honey Graham and Key Lime Pie, will be available for purchase as well as pints of ice cream, milkshakes, and more.

The stall’s design will feature “clean lines, a neutral color palette, and pops of bright pink, Taharka’s signature color.” The layout will be slightly modified to allow for a larger ice cream case.

Cross Street Market will be the third brick-and-mortar location for Taharka Brothers. The company also has a location in Fells Point Broadway Market and at R. House in Hampden.

Pete Pittas photo from 2019

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