Sweet Stella Z(ee)’s opened on O’Brien Street last week. Formerly Voyageur Books & Gifts, the store has greatly expanded its selection of sweet shop items. Here, Melissa Zwicker offers a ‘For the Love of Chocolate’ drink from the coffee bar, while Annette (a.k.a. Stella) has a freshly made ice cream sandwich (French toast ice cream on a couple of oatmeal and raisin cookies is the bomb, but feel free to design your own).
The shop offers seating, indoors and out, and staff are ready to make any of an enticing array of 100% crushed fruit smoothies, ice cream and frozen yogurt specialties, and latte, frappe, chai, and green tea treats. It has also expanded its lines of food products, with many organic, gluten- free, and fair trade products, Neal Bros. salsa and tortilla chips, Epic Oats (breakfast on the go), Roger’s Chocolates (plus a new line), and more.
Something had to go, of course (Atikokan Wholesale is now handling business supplies), but the books stayed (kids’, seasonal, best sellers, and local interest), as did an expanded line of toys (emphasis on seasonal items), and an eclectic mix of unique gift items, including locally-crafted products like V’s Bees and Alannah Marohnic cards and enamelware (the end of the line). It’s worth a second (and third, and fourth!) look.
Best West Pets and Gary’s Country Store are still there – they share the entrance with Sweet Stella Z(ee)’s – but are a completely separate operation at the rear of the building.