DECATUR — As its name suggests, Giggles in downtown Decatur is a gift shop designed to make you laugh and smile.
Owner Chrissy Spurlock wants to keep those feelings going, which is why a bakery counter will become part of the business when it moves to 112 Merchant St. The new shop is a few doors down from the current location, where the business has been for 11 years.
Spurlock estimates the grand opening will take place in mid-October. She hopes Christmas shoppers will be able to visit the new store before the busy season approaches.
Baker Andi Arnold Mooney will be providing the snack-sized treats, Spurlock said. “She does cookies, cupcakes, small cakes,” Spurlock said. “And she will also do muffins and loaves of bread.” Specialty items will include gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options.
Construction will include a complete refurbishing of the interior. The size of the store will double to include more merchandise as well as the new bakery.
“We had to gut the entire place and start again,” Spurlock said.
The new building once housed three separate bars as well as other retail shops.
“It was The Door Mouse for years,” Giggles employee Judy DeBouck said.
Spurlock and DeBouck are busy thinking of ways to use the larger space. The plan so far is to expand the food and candy areas. They also hope to schedule children and adult baking classes, which will require the addition of a kitchen.
“We have a lot of ideas,” Spurlock said. “But we need to get in the space and find out what areas we can expand on.”