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Present at Sugar Mama’s grand opening day are (from left, top row): Olivia Imbesi, Alexus Stanley, Chrissy Stanley, and Tony and Leonardo Stanley. (Bottom row): Marcella Summa, Aimee Stanley and Jessica Rush.

At the heart of Downtown Clermont lies a candy store that is in close competition to that of *Willy Wonka’s. Before even stepping foot in Sugar Mama’s Candy Bar, the sweet smell of cotton candy wafts through, and the bright colors of the store are as inviting as a siren’s song.  

Owners Aimee Stanley, Marcella Summa and Jessica Rush had some test runs before their official grand opening. With various successful pop-ups under their belt, they decided to open a brick-and-mortar right on Montrose Street. They’ve been breaking people’s diets since Aug. 21. 

“We wanted to bring something to Clermont that wasn’t already here; something that catered to all ages, and something that would complement downtown Clermont,” Stanley said. 

Rush is originally from Florida, while Stanley is originally from Indiana and Summa is from New York. Although Stanley and Summa aren’t natives, they might as well should be. 

Summa owns a building in downtown Clermont, and Stanley owns the realty business next to Sugar Mama’s. Stanley is even on the executive board of the Chamber of Commerce; she’ll be a chairmember next year. But it’s not just business for them. 

“We get so excited,” Summa said. “We get to play with stuff all the time!” Stanley added. 

From gummies to marshmallows to cotton candy creations and unique drinks, Sugar Mama’s has anything and everything to satisfy one’s sweet tooth. 

“I can’t just pick one!” Stanley said regarding which is her favorite product. “It depends on what mood you’re in,” added Summa. 

Both ladies share a constant support for the community. On Sept. 7, they even participated in a local ribbon cutting ceremony. On top of that, they even support local businesses in their own store. 

“We definitely have plans to be more involved in the community,” Stanley said. “It’s definitely something that means a lot to all of us,” Stanley said 

Their “Support Local” menu has various drinks inspired by nearby stores. For example, the Gray Collective has its own bridal inspired drink, complete with a candy ring on top. Corelli’s cherry flavored drink is topped with marshmallow whip and a gummy pizza. 

Everyone can enjoy their sweet treats. Options like gluten free, sugar free and even vegan candies give everyone an opportunity to satisfy their cravings. 

“We do have a large variety of options…We really try to have something for everybody,” Stanley said.

They’ve also partnered with Blushing Bubbles, their in-store mimosa bar. They’ve also collaborated with Lotus Energy Drinks, a plant-based energy drink with organic ingredients. 

“We just want people to come in and the minute they walk in that door, they get that feeling,” Summa said. “It’s always about positivity, and a positive experience and we’re all about service and what we can do to make you happy.”



Whether you’re eight or 80, there’s an option for you at Sugar Mama’s. Chocolate lover? They got you covered. Sour power? No problem. Sugar Mama’s is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. On Sundays they are open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 


Sugar Mama’s is 716 W Montrose St. It can be reached at 352-533-3157. 


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