For those of you who don’t know, I am the owner of Sugar Shok Candy Boutique, I want to share with you how this wonderful little cafe inspired me to change and take control of my destiny.
It’s been 8 years since I stumbled into The Our Thyme Cafe on Portland Street. I was working for RBC at the time, I was their first customer, I would go there daily for my 4-7 cups of coffee that I required to make it through my day. Often my first cup would be accompanied by a breakfast sandwich or THE BEST carrot cake I ever had in my life. I loved that place from the moment I walked into it, I loved the vibe, what they were doing to help women, watching the women transform from quiet, shy, insecure souls, to vibrant, confident women, with goals and dreams. It was truly and privilege to be a part of and an inspiration to watch, especially when I was going through my own hard times, I knew I had a place to go where I could actually see hope. They were given an opportunity to build confidence and gain skills and they grabbed it in hope of making a better life for themselves. This inspired me to take charge of my own obstacles and make a change in my own life. To this day I credit them with helping me win my battle with major depression, inspiring me to become self employed when everyone else thought I was nuts for wanting to open a candy store in gloomy old Downtown Dartmouth. But they see what I see in the area, hope, growth and a unique sense of community. The Our Thyme is where I first saw my husband in passing, getting his breakfast sandwich, they were the first people we told that we were dating, they made our wedding cake and were guests at our wedding, I am really going to miss them. I think Dartmouth is really going to miss them too.