The City of Lompoc’s Economic Development Committee is proud to announce Sugar Plum’s Tutus and Sweets as the latest recipient of its Economic Vitality Award (EVA).

Sugar Plum’s has fulfilled multiple criteria for the award, including pioneering an industry and investment in Old Town. Finding dance attire and apparel seemed to be a difficult task here in Lompoc until Sugar Plum’s Tutus and Sweets opened.

Often times, dancers had to shop online for shoes and items needed for both practice and performance. This business brought convenience and accessibility to the dance community to purchase dance shoes, attire, and accessories. Not only is this helpful for those in need of dancewear, but it helps the community by encouraging shopping small and shopping local. It's win/win for all!

In the summer of 2015, the Boscutti family opened Sugar Plum’s Tutus and Sweets. As the owners of Boscutti Ballet Theatre, they recognized the need for a retail dance supplier here in Lompoc. They were able to use their knowledge and experience with dance and theatre to provide quality dance products for all local students, both children and adults.

Their staff is comprised of local dance professionals who are also working as dance teachers, choreographers and coaches. From ballet, to flamenco, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary, the shoes and dancewear can all be found at Sugar Plum’s, and right here locally.

Sugar Plum’s is located in the historic Lilley Building, at 111 ½ North H street in Old Town Lompoc. The Lilley Building was completed in 1890, and the renovations to the shop reflect that time period. This beautiful shop was designed by Tom Boscutti. If you have noticed the front window of the shop, you may have seen how magical and inviting it is.

Inside the shop, the tutus and other costumes displayed create an inspirational atmosphere for aspiring dancers. If you look up, you will see one of the most fascinating aspects of the shop including the patterned tin ceiling. Tin ceilings originated in the 1880s, and the ceiling adds to the character of the shop. Right in the middle of the ceiling is a large crystal chandelier, which is the focal point of the entire shop. The design altogether creates a whimsical and inviting environment for dancers of all ages to come in, explore, and take a bit of the magic with them.

Sugar Plum’s carries Balera jazz shoes, tap shoes, character shoes, tights, leotards, tops, bottoms and more. They also carry three different styles of Grishko pointe shoes for beginner, intermediate and advanced, as well as dancewear. For flamenco, they feature Miguelito’s flamenco, folkloriko and salsa shoes as well as skirts, fans and combs. They also carry leotards, shorts and tops from Capezio, Bloch, Sansha, Covet Dance, Dasha and more.

The name of the shop comes from the classic and beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. The Sugar Plum Fairy lives in the Land of Sweets, so in addition to shoes and dancewear, Sugar Plum’s features an array of delicious treats made by Ashley Boscutti. French macarons, fudge, soft pretzels, cupcakes, a selection of gourmet chocolates and much more can be found in their display case. For liquid refreshment they have coffee, tea, and an Italian soda bar. The soda water is made on premises, and there are fifteen different flavors of syrup to choose from.

Sugar Plum’s hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays are by appointment, and they are happy to accommodate. During this summer’s Old Town market, they will be open until 8 p.m. They can be found on the Internet at www.sugarplumsboutique.com

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