By Rachael Mason
Gwinnett Daily Post/Nicole Finley
The selection of sweets varies daily at Sweet Temptations. Italian Rum Cake is one of many desserts available by the slice.
Owners: Young and Surelyne Lee.
Open since: May 8.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday from 3 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: The establishment is located at the far end of the Super Wal-Mart shopping center in Suwanee, next door to Wild Wing Cafe.
Capacity: Sweet Temptations seats 34.
Atmosphere: Sweet Temptations has the feel of a relaxed coffee shop. The establishment is also family friendly.
“The whole thought of doing this business is for families,” said Young Lee. “It’s not just for adults.”
Sturdy chairs stand up to most children’s activities. The floor was designed for easy clean up. “It’s OK to drop ice cream on the floor,” Young said.
The counter includes an ice cream freezers, jars of ice cream toppings and a glass display case filled with cakes, cookies and other sweets.
A portable 6-by-9-foot stage is added to the back of the shop on Friday and Saturday evenings, when Sweet Temptations hosts local musicians.
Crowd: “I know a lot of my customers by first name,” Young said. “I know what they want.” He often begins preparing orders before regulars get to the counter.
The food: Sweet Temptations offers ice cream, desserts and bagels.
There is no printed menu at Sweet Temptations, because the selection of sweets varies daily. A board behind the counter lists prices.
On a recent visit to the cafe, treats like Chocolate Truffle Cookies, lemon pound cake, old-fashioned pound cake and Apple Crumb Cake were available. Other sweets included Triple Layer Cheesecake, Coconut Fudge Cake, Raspberry Walnut Torte and Creme Brulee Cheesecake.
Surelyne often changes the names of the baked goods served from week to week “to keep life interesting,” she said.
Sweet Temptations serves 16 varieties of Edy’s ice cream. Staples like vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan and mint chocolate chip are always in stock, while the other flavors rotate. “Espresso chip ice cream is an excellent seller,” Young said.
Kids like the flavors such as cotton candy, that tastes exactly like the carnival treat, or bubblegum, which includes real gumballs.
Young once prepared a cotton candy ice cream concoction that included gummy bears and gummy worms for a child who requested this combination.
Jars beside the ice cream freezer are filled with toppings, like gummy candies, cookie crumbs and crushed candy bars. The staff at Sweet Temptations does all their own topping crushing, something that Young said his employees particularly enjoy.
For breakfast, Young makes bagels each morning.
Sweet Temptations will be adding a lunch menu soon. “We’ve decided to do something totally different — crepes,” Young said. A ham-and-cheese crepe and a chicken teriyaki crepe will be two of the varieties offered.
“Crepes are so versatile, you can do breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert,” Surelyne said.
Beverages: Coffee drinks and hot tea are served. “We’re getting a lot of newbies to cappuccino and espresso,” Surelyne said. The owners hope to help educate their customers about the speciality drinks the shop offers.
They use freshly ground coffee from Atlanta distributor J. Martinez and Sons. All teas are looseleaf blends, rather than tea bags.
The hand-dipped milkshakes are topped with real whipped cream and served in old-fashioned ice cream glasses. “We actually scoop the ice cream, put the milk in and blend it to order,” Young said, comparing this method to the milkshakes made by machines at many fast food restaurants.
Special events: Local musicians will perform at Sweet Temptations on Fridays and Saturdays. “We like to bring in different kinds of music,” Surelyne Young said.
Things you might not know: Surelyne and Young Lee moved to Gwinnett from New York City six years ago. Fellow local residents from New York are finding the shop and thanking the Lees for bringing Greenwich Village to Suwanee, the couple said.