PITTSBURG — Something sweet is coming to downtown Pittsburg, thanks to a family with a love for sugar.
Janie Rush-Williams, her son, Michael Williams, and her daughter, Courtney Williams, have spent the last four months redesigning 709 N. Broadway into Sugar Rush “Sweet Treats.” The family is hoping to open the ice cream and candy shop January 6.
Janie Rush-Williams said she’d had the idea for seven or eight years, but when her grandfather died and left her some money, she decided to go for it. Pittsburg seemed like the perfect place.
“When my grandpa passed away, he left me a little money so we decided to go for it,” she said. “Especially with the revitalization starting downtown with the shops that are here and Block 22 going in.”
Michael Williams agreed that Pittsburg was the right fit.
“The older residents here in Pittsburg really support and enjoy the ‘mom and pop’ style stores,” he said. “But so do younger people in our generation. With the college here and such a great downtown, we see Pittsburg as growing and want to be a part of that.”
Michael Williams will serve as general manager of Sugar Rush. He is currently studying small business management at Pittsburg State University. Both he and his sister, Courtney Williams, attended PSU.
Janie Rush-Williams said her grandfather not only helped make the candy and ice cream shop a reality, but was the inspiration for it.
“My grandma and grandpa always had a sweet tooth,” she said. “It was always a treat to get to go get sweets with them or go to the drugstore to get ice cream.”
Michael Williams said they are also hoping to bring some variety to Pittsburg.
“We wanted to give people a more local option for ice cream than something like Braum’s,” he said. “Braum’s has great ice cream, but it’s nice to have a local, unique place to go.”
The family had hoped to open before the end of the year, but during renovations Janie Rush-Williams had to have surgery following an accident where she broke her back. Now they are nearly finished and plan to be open for business January 6.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.