Local Love – Sweet Pete’s and The Candy Apple Cafe

Sweet Pete’s is a familiar name to Jacksonville natives. It belongs to a local candy shop that has been making tasty treats using natural ingredients for many years. Last month, Sweet Pete’s moved to a gorgeous new location, the former Seminole Club in downtown Jacksonville. (The company is backed by Marcus Lemonis of The Profit on CNBC. He bought the building last summer and funded a massive renovation of the historical building. I thought that was a cool little piece of info!) In addition to selling sweets, the new location has an event center, party rooms available for rental, factory tours, and a full service restaurant.

The best part of the move (in my opinion) is that Sweet Pete’s is sharing the building with a new restaurant, The Candy Apple Cafe. When we heard about a beautifully restored and whimsically decorated old building with rooms full of chocolate AND delicious food, my girlfriends and I had to try it! My friend Becky got married last month, so we were eager to get together and hear all the details of her big day. The Candy Apple Cafe was the perfect backdrop for our lunch. We sat on the porch and laughed (Becky is the best storyteller!) while enjoying a great meal. The food was French inspired but had an obvious comfort food spin. After we ate and caught up on life, we took a little tour of the building and drooled over the gorgeous candy displays.

Sweet Pete’s has been doing candy demos and classes for years, but the new building also has a glass-enclosed production area, so you can watch the candy being made – very Willie Wonka! I think it would be fun to take a candy making class with a group of friends or even a few couples! You can see a list of classes they offer here.

Have you tried the new Sweet Pete’s yet? Or the Candy Apple Cafe? If so, I’d love to know what you thought!


PS – This is one of the few times that I wished I had a wide-angle lens on my camera. I couldn’t get a good picture of the entire building, even from across the street. It’s huge!

January 20, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Cassie - What a great little place! You take amazing photos!

January 14, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks MOM!!!

January 14, 2015 - 3:52 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Laurie! One of my friends tried to order the fried chicken, but they were out of it! What a travesty! Just means we’re going back to get it since you said it’s good. :)

January 13, 2015 - 9:44 pm

Laurie - The fried chicken was great! Loved this place on Pearl and love all the new additions since they’ve moved. I wish they could bottle the smell you get when you walk into the candy making area. It could be called Scrumptious!

January 14, 2015 - 1:19 am

Peggy Hyatt - cute place and cute models :)

January 13, 2015 - 4:30 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - I love that idea! It’s such a girly spot. I bet they loved it!

January 13, 2015 - 3:42 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! Yes. That sounds great!

January 13, 2015 - 3:39 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - I thought the same thing about pictures. Would be a great location!

January 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Ha! Yes. That sounds great!

January 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I thought the same thing about pictures. Would be a great location!

January 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I love that idea! It’s such a girly spot. I bet they loved it!

January 13, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Jennifer Grantz Pearce - We LOVED Sweet Pete's!!! My friends and I took our daughters there for a little Christmas gift exchange lunch! So much fun!!!

January 13, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Brooke Williams Rice - We have to go back and try the fried chicken!

January 13, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Reta Kae Denning - This place is awesome! What a great spot to take pictures too! :)

January 13, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I know!! Guess we should go back WITH the kid. :)

January 13, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Anderson Almeida - this place looks like it should be in Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory

Good. Not So Good.



Toasted Coconut Pancakes from Trader Joe’s. You need to get a box of these. I like to make my own pancakes, so they don’t have all the preservatives and yucky stuff, but these are totally worth a try! Life is short. Try the pancakes.

– Emojis. I’ve hated them for years now. They’re so silly and dramatic. I mean, nobody actually makes those faces in real life. The winking eye with the tongue out? Really? I even have them disabled on this website, because originally, when I typed a colon and parenthesis it automatically turned into a yellow smiley face, and I could not stand it. But then something came over me recently (Christmas spirit maybe?), and I started using them. A smiley face here. A thumbs up there. Now I’m addicted. Completely addicted. I can’t send a text without a cheesy smiley face or hand gesture. It’s driving Anderson crazaaaay. Maybe that’s why I love them?

– Christmas Chapel at school K. Rock’s school. He was so excited that Grandma and Grandpa were there. And while he stood there like a deer-in-headlights during all the songs they performed, he made up for it with his enthusiastic clapping after each number. :)

– My parents kept Kingston while we were in NYC last month, and when we got back he had a brand new vocabulary. He now answers every question with “Sure did. Sure do. Sure don’t.” Except he pronounces it like, “Shoooore do.” I know exactly where he got it too, because when we came to pick him up he told us, “I love you like a fat kid loves cake and Aunt Shannon loves steak.” He’s now only allowed to spend a certain amount of time with my brother each month.

The Jesus Storybook Bible is our favorite Bible story book. My awesome sister-in-law, Sara, is an avid reader and gives the best books. She bought this one for Kingston a few years ago, and he loves it! We’ve even started giving it to all of our friends when they have babies!

– Cedar’s brand Mediterranean Lentil Salad and Taboule Salad from Publix. These are so good mixed with quinoa or over a bowl of greens or on a tortilla…

– I’ve been praying specifically that God would increase Anderson’s influence at work and continue opening new doors for him with his career in video animation. Last month he worked day and night on a big project with an even bigger deadline, and the client was totally blown away by the end result. So much so that he nominated Anderson for a big award (with a bonus!), and made sure the CEO of his company saw it. And that led to it being shown to a committee at the White House. Yep. THE White House! How cool is that? And how cool is God? He doesn’t do anything half-way!!!


– One afternoon we were lying on Kingston’s bed while he was playing cars on the floor. Anderson was texting with a friend when he said, “Check this out! You can take a picture while you’re texting and it automatically sends it!” Then he started taking a bunch of pictures of us. And after a minute I was like. “Wait! Who are you sending those to?” Turns out our friend, Eddy, got a bunch of pictures of us lying in bed staring into the phone like those confused old people on the webcam commercials. Could’ve been worse, but we still called to explain.

– We were having lunch at a friend’s house to celebrate her birthday. It was a fun crowd, and all of the adults were sitting around the table chatting after the meal while the kids played in another room. All was well until Kingston walked into the dining room, stood right behind my chair, and “whispered” (the kid can’t whisper), “Mom… I’m doing really bad things I shouldn’t be doing.”

January 8, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I agree. And I hope you meant to send your mom that pic!

January 6, 2015 - 5:55 pm

Jessica Thornton - We should be texting friends. I need those pancakes. AND, I sent my mom one of those photos this morning.

January 6, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Niiiice. He needs to hang with y'all more often. Or maybe not!

January 6, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - He's a stud!!

January 6, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Lauri Holt Greenhaw - I was hoping you were going to say that K showed up in his undies….THEN it would have been a Greenhaw Party from the 90's! We are classy like that!

January 6, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Boyd Bettis - Go Anderson Almeida!

What I Wore


… to breakfast on my birthday last week.

We’ve had such a fun Almeida Birthday Season this year! I think one of the reasons we’ve all enjoyed it so much is because Kingston is old enough to be excited… about everything! Balloons, presents, funny (inappropriate) cards, lots of singing, special dinners, a bounce house, fun with family, and so many treats I’m not even going to talk about them. Yes. It’s been a fun month! Bring it on, 2015. We’re ready for you!

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January 14, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Chioma - i love the contrasting colors! I’ll have to try it :)

January 14, 2015 - 3:49 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Angela!

January 14, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Head to Toe Chic - I love the print mixing!! This scarf is so pretty.


January 14, 2015 - 2:20 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Gina! Thank you. :))

January 14, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Gina - You have such great style <3 Love the outfit(s) and happy belated birthday!

January 6, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks for making it fun! We had a blast with y'all in St. Augustine!!

January 6, 2015 - 2:41 am

Peggy Hyatt - I love Birthdays especially for people I love :)

Around Here Lately

Hey y’all! Did you think I had completely disappeared?! I thought about it. Turns out I needed a major break after the busiest Christmas photo season ever. So I took one. And it’s been great! We’re in the middle of a bunch of changes, (all good! I think…) and life has been crazy. I’ll share more about that later, but just wanted to pop in today to say, “I’m baaaaack!” and to let you know that I’m working on some new stuff for Pink Coffee Photo in 2015. Yay! And to share a few pics from the last couple of weeks around here:


A rowdy rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.

January 6, 2015 - 3:04 pm
January 5, 2015 - 9:28 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Andrea! Same to you and yours!

December 31, 2014 - 12:42 am

Peggy Hyatt - LOVE LOVE LOVE

December 30, 2014 - 1:19 am

Andrea Worley - looks like the last few weeks have been well spent! :) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 29, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Anderson Almeida - awesome! (on that last two pictures) he is thanking "Jesus" like Neymar and Messi after a goal!

Merry Christmas, Friends!

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John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

That same night in amongst the other stars suddenly, a bright new star appeared. God put it there when his baby son was born to be like a spotlight shining on him, lighting up the darkness. Showing people the way to him.

You see, God was like a new daddy. He couldn’t keep the good news to himself. He’d been waiting all these long years for this moment and now he wanted to tell everyone.

Heavens son. The maker of the stars. A baby sleeping in his mother’s arms. This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got the brighter the star would shine.

– From The Jesus Storybook Bible (Our favorite Bible story book!)

Buddy the Elf Printable

And for those of you who love Buddy as much as my family, here’s a free 8×10 download for you. Click here!
Merry Christmas!

January 6, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you Andrea!

December 24, 2014 - 4:31 am

Andrea Worley - merry christmas!!

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