Simply Delightful, a Cadillac Favorite, Saved by Locals

Simply Delightful, a beloved mom and pop shop in Cadillac, closed its doors on December 24. The eatery was to be gutted and the walls painted white. That is until Cadillac native Anders Garner saved it.

For Anders, buying the business was a matter of the heart. His 89-year-old grandmother, who also lives in Cadillac, has been a lunchtime regular at Simply Delightful since it started 6 years ago. And she loves their caramel corn even more. “When my grandmother found out they were going to close, she went for lunch and stocked up on caramel corn,” Anders says. “It was a heartstrings pull.”

All photography: Simply Delightful

 

Anders and his business partner Steven Barnes re-opened the doors on February 4. In addition to their famous caramel corn, the shop also has Cadillac souvenirs, espresso drinks, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, and sweets. The chocolate and candy are made at Clare Candy Company, which is owned by Steven and the caramel corn is made in-shop at Simply Delightful.

There have been several additions to the menu including homemade mac and cheese and gourmet hot dogs from Ebels General Store in Falmouth. “We try to use products from as many local businesses as possible,” Anders says. “It’s just as cost effective to go with our neighbors so why wouldn’t we.”

Simply Delightful also uses and sells Moomers ice cream, kettle chips from Great Lakes Potato Chips, bread from Cops and Doughnuts, and goat soap made by Southwick’s Country Candles.

Stop by Simply Delightful located at 112 N. Mitchell St. in downtown Cadillac. To place an order, call 231.775.1660. The eatery is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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