Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Betty Jane’s Sweets offers unique tasty treats and personalized items

SPRING LAKE, MI — Offering unique popcorn flavors, chocolate-covered items, and personalized gift baskets, Betty Jane’s Sweets is a popular place to get a candy fix.

Owner Lisa Ramsey, 52, opened the business, located at 518 Pine St. in Spring Lake, in February 2021.

Prior to the grand opening, Ramsey sold his various treats at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market as a vendor.

Since then, she has gained a following of people looking for a tasty treat to enjoy, including Ashby’s ice cream, handmade chocolates, candies, specialty popcorn, and personalized gift orders.

Ramsey told MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle that she was inspired by her grandmother Betty Jane, who she watched cook as a child, to quit her old job as an oral surgeon’s assistant and pursue her dream.

“A lot of things are new to me because it’s something I decided to delve into,” Ramsey said. “I incorporated the new things with some of the old things from my childhood, and I still have a lot of things I want to do.”

Because Ramsey opened her business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to design and rebuild the interior of the store herself.

Ramsey said when the shop opened she was making different chocolates that she had never experienced before.

Customers who walk through the door are immediately greeted by sweet aromas and bright colors in the small shop before being greeted by Ramsey and his daughter.

“It’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere,” Ramsey said. “I want everyone to feel welcome here, whether it’s the experience, especially when the kids come in because it’s so bright and inviting.”

One of the best-sellers is Ramsey’s turtle chocolates in milk, dark or white chocolate prepared daily on site, like all of his items. An 8-ounce can sells for $14.

Another menu favorite is the variety of specialty popcorn with unique flavors that continually change. For example, customers can order a tasty 7-ounce batch of bacon and cheddar popcorn for $6 or a sweet 14-ounce batch of blueberry popcorn for $9.

“I think about it now, and I don’t know how I did it, but I was determined,” Ramsey said. “You don’t really have a choice. You’re either going to quit or keep going, and I didn’t want to give up.

Going forward, Ramsey said she hopes to create a new line of healthier snacks for children and adults with dietary restrictions.

To place an order for pick-up or delivery, go to the store website or call (616) 915-1418.

Customers can order in-house on Wednesdays, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

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