Cy-Fair resident and co-owner Courtney Okanlomo said she has helped fund the new business venture with capital from her local real estate career alongside her husband Bayo and sister Tara Butler.
“We all work very well together,” she said. “We are just going all out with it and hoping for the best. We want something to pass down to our children.”
Okanlomo, a mother of three boys, said she got the idea for the store while driving her son to daycare when she noticed the neighboring family-owned Fun N Play Indoor Playground.
Wanting to start her own family business, she said she thought candy would be an easy and financially safe option, but the storefront ended up having enough space to also feature crafts and events.
“A lot of people have asked me, ‘How many years have you wanted a candy store?’ and the answer is zero years,” Okanlomo said. “When you go into something, you’ve got your budget, you think you know what you want to do, and it has just changed tremendously from when I first had the idea.”
Once she knew she wanted to break into the candy business, Okanlomo said she and her family researched what other candy stores offer and built Cypress Sweets based on what they learned.
The shop offers a range of candy including taffy, nostalgic and seasonal selections, gourmet hand-poured lollipops, chocolate-covered nuts, movie theater candy and several sugar-free options including Zollipops. Gift items are also available, and other snacks in the store include chips, fresh popcorn and cookies from Suzybeez Bakery in Cy-Fair.
A space for birthday parties, meetings and other events is located next to the retail portion of the store. Okanlomo said children can decorate their own candy jars at any time, and other craft options will be offered throughout the week. The store will also host parents’ night out and movie night events for children, she said.
“I know moms are always scouring the internet to find fun things to do with their kids, so that was important for me to offer,” Okanlomo said.
During Saturday’s grand opening event, children can decorate an Easter basket full of candy and other items for $36 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.
11702 Grant Road, Ste. E, Cypress
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. Noon-6 p.m.