In 1983, Naper Nuts and Sweets opened its doors to the Naperville community and after a few previous owners, Dominique Martucci and a friend decided to purchase the store in 2001.
“She found it in the Naperville Sun, and we bought it together and for the first three months I had a partner and then she decided to go do something else and I have just been forever grateful to be a part of Naper Nuts and Sweets,” said Martucci.
Over the years the store has become a sanctuary for the owner, but not just because of the floor to ceiling treats that can be found inside.
“Mostly because, you’re not just surrounded by candy and chocolates but you have happy customers and happy employees. The logistics of it are a lot harder than people realize but at the end of the day it’s just candy and I am so lucky to be a part of something that I loved so much as a kid,” she said.
Martucci has added her own personal touches to the store, from a train that struggles to make it all the way around the store, to her passion project of supporting the troops through Operation Caramel Corn.
“It’s my true passion, more so than candy, are our troops, which are my heroes and this whole community really joined in with Operation Caramel corn when I first started it. A lot of times I would make the popcorn myself when I didn’t have a lot of employees and I just wanted to send them something sweet and from home just to show our love and support for them,” she said.
Through her nostalgic shop, and giving back in a way only she can, Dominque hopes the next 15 years are just as sweet as the first.
“Naperville has just taught me so much. So many people are just always giving back and just to be a part of this community and witness this – I just can’t wait for the next 15 years,” Martucci said.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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