Elegant and beautiful, Sweet Pete's and the Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails have moved into the renovated Seminole Men's Social Club to sweeten downtown Jacksonville. The 22,000 foot space has been painted and decorated far, far differently from its 1903 origins. At the corner of Hogan and Duval near Hemming Park, it is a destination for school and education groups and sweet-tooths. A wonderful respite from downtown traffic and noise, it is a different world of color, whimsy and sweetness.
Every room has unusual furnishings and fanciful chandeliers, a big change from the formal, dark, well. . .stuffy men's only club inhabiting it until 1989. Peter Behringer, son of Phyllis Lockwood, owner and founder of Peterbrooke Chocolatier, a much loved Jacksonville candy store, saw its possibilities as a candy store after it had been deserted for a decade.
The original Seminole Men's Club.
Now refurbished home of Sweet Pete's and the
Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails.
A bakery and dessert shop occupies one of the rooms.
Sweet Pete's is more than a sweet shop. It offers classes to adults and children that teach the art of creating candies and desserts. It is also a great venue for a birthday party for any age.
A plate glass window overlooks candy making activities. Tours of the candy making facility can be arranged.
In the store at Sweet Pete's visitors can buy
regular, vegan, sugar-free, and gluten free candies.
The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
More fanciful chandeliers
Sweet Pete's is a wonderful addition to downtown Jacksonville. A great day would be to go to the library, then walk next door to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and then across Hemming Park to Sweet Pete's. With more such businesses, downtown will resurrect.
Sign at Sweet Pete's