Mom’s Sweet Shop is a real life brick & mortar located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and owned by us- Derik & Jessica. We are best friends who happen to be married! We recently relocated to our sweet cedar shake building on the corner of East Arch Street & the bypass in Kill Devil Hills after spending the winter of 2019 planning, designing & renovating the building which was originally constructed in 1971.
We are proud of our hard work and happy to share it with you all!
Jess is an Outer Banks native and Derik has been here for more than 25 years, by way of Michigan. Together we’ve been growing our business since July of 2011, when we began in the Seagate North Shopping Center just one block south. When we originally opened our vintage shop in that location, we knew immediately what we wanted to call it- inspired by a long closed candy & ice cream shoppe Jess grew up going to. We focused our identity & branding on this conceptualized version of a “sweet shop”. We implemented the theme into our packaging, displays and marketing, with a small amount of retro candies sprinkled in. Little did we realize we’d be an actual full fledged sweet shop within a couple of years! What began as an eclectic boutique of locally made goods, monthly rotated artwork & vintage clothing has organically morphed into what you’ll find today: half retail, half sweet shop.
And because life is all about finding that sweet balance, on the sweet shop side you’ll find soft serve ice cream & bangin milkshakes alongside vegan smoothies & acai bowls. We also sell decadent handmade truffles & candy by the pound. We’ve learned what sells & have narrowed our selection down to only the best candies- the new, the classics & the retro stuff you remember from a kid. We are constantly learning and bettering ourselves when it comes to practicing sustainability, doing our best to be as friendly to mama Earth as possible. For this reason, we use biodegradable & compostable plant based “bio-plastics” for our cups & bowls, 95% recycled content paper products, paper straws & cornstarch spoons!
We continue this practice on our retail side where we offer quality, ethically made brands for men & women as well as our personally chosen vintage apparel & home goods (because what’s more sustainable than buying a quality product or garment that already exists?!) Our new products are also mindfully selected to be low impact and high use. Being so near the ocean, we are always pushing ourselves to find sustainable brands and products that align with our values. We focus on premium basics that transition well from season to season & will last for years to come. And even though we sell skate goods, we are not your typical skate shop! Derik grew up skateboarding & music is a major influence in both our lives. The shop is heavily influenced by these cultures, but is not confined by them. Our stash of vintage records is fun to dig through and if you stop by, you’ll find us rotating through a widely varied playlist of genres & eras in the shop. There’s no telling what might be playing when you pull up! While our vibe feels young, friendly & fun, the atmosphere is nostalgic- comfortable- and we want everyone to feel welcome when they visit. We’re open year-round so come in, kick back, and make yourself at home!
We hope you’ll check back here often for new arrivals and updates. You can also shop online with confidence, knowing that one of us will personally pack and ship your order. We ship our orders in sustainable, eco-friendly packaging with little to no plastic used. And while we’re stoked you ended up on our website, we would love if you visited us in person! Make sure to also follow us on Instagram for more immediate updates on new arrivals, sales or events.
Have a sweet day! ~Derik & Jessica