Sweet Pea Dessert to open downtown on First Friday

Corry Eagler and Arelis Torres will be ready for customers on Oct. 7. Sweet Pea Dessert will feature baked goods for take-out or dining on site.

A store with all things sweet will open soon in downtown Greencastle. Partners Corry Eagler and Arelis Torres plan to make Oct. 7 a big day. It will be the grand opening of Sweet Pea Dessert, including a ribbon-cutting for the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, and that evening be another stop for visitors to First Friday.

The shop, located at 10 W. Baltimore St., is a dream come true for Eagler. Her father owned a building in her hometown, and always wanted to open an ice cream shop in it. She was excited at the possibility, and planned to help out, but he never got around to it.

But the idea was planted. This year everything fell into place.

"I have a huge sweet tooth," she confided. "Now I can make yummy desserts and have a place to sell them. I love quaint downtowns."

Eagler, now of Greencastle, wanted someone at her side in the venture, and a relative was only willing to help for a short time.

"She came to me and asked, 'You want in?'" said Torres. Since the Ft. Loudon resident had just been laid off from a fulltime job, she could say yes immediately.

The longtime friends have introduced the public to some of their wares during First Fridays and at the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. The menu will expand once the business is open. Four or five bakers will bring in goods, prepared at their home-certified kitchens. The selection will include cupcakes, cake by the slice, chocolate pretzels and popcorn, allergen and gluten-free goods, muffins, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies and blondies. And cake pops.

"They're pretty trendy right now," said Torres of the frosted delights on a stick.

They also received permission to sell Penn State Creamery ice cream, which is popular with university alumni and others. PSU doesn't deliver in bulk, so a certain husband will pick it up in a refrigerated truck. James Eagler was happy to have another reason to go to State College.

Beverages will include coffee, cider, hot chocolate and cold drinks. Sweet Pea will also take custom orders for bakery items and sell custom aprons, created by Eagler's mother.

Eagler and Torres learned from their walk-up customers that people wanted a place to go, so their storefront will accomodate that wish. Half of the store will be the retail area, and the other half will have tables and chairs, free wifi, and a play area for youngsters. In nice weather, they will have outside seating.

The two can relate to parents with small children. Both 31, they are starting a business while their children are little - Eagler's daughters, Madeleine, 6, and Abigail, 4: and Torres' daughters, Sofia, 5, and Eva, 2. Both husbands, including Todd Snider, have been helpful in laying out the business model. The partners were also surprised and appreciative of advice shared by other downtown merchants.

Sweet Pea Dessert, taken from a term of endearment for Eagler's children, will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.