MONROE — Business owner Tamika Williams’ creative vision has helped her quadruple the square footage of her operation over a span of four years.
Her business, Cartwill’s Delight, will have a grand reopening ceremony on Saturday, March 5, starting at 11 a.m. at 2242 West Roosevelt Blvd. (Suite D). The locally owned and operated business stands alongside Fast Signs, Fringe Hair Studio and Fastmed Urgent Care.
Cartwill’s Delight — a division of Cartwill Empowerment Solutions — “is a mobile candy boutique that provides paint & creates chocolate classes for groups, birthday parties, team building, organizations, couples, or just for fun,” according to cartwillsedibleart.com.
Williams has invited her customers who have aided her in growing her business — now a 1,200-square foot building. She says this ceremony is meant to show “appreciation” for her customers.
“It’s not so much for me,” she said, “but it’s to invite them to see how they helped me get to where I am.”
Williams, a native of Manhattan, one of the five boroughs in New York City, grew up as a “crafter at heart.” She eventually developed an interest in edible art. After much convincing, Williams turned it into a “blossoming” business venture.
She opened Cartwill’s Delight in 2018 as a 300-square-foot building. The next year, in 2019, she expanded to a 600-square-foot facility. During the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now been in Union County for just over two years, her business has continued to prosper. She provides mobile services and also sells her edible art online. While selling edibles at the Monroe and Stallings Farmers Markets from May to September of 2021, and taking feedback from customers, she was inspired to create new recipes for edibles.
In the future, Williams wants to expand her business to different areas in Union County, including Waxhaw and Indian Trail. She says that Waxhaw is where most of her customers live, and a location in that area would cut down on their travel time.
Cartwill’s Delight is offering paint classes in March and will host a fundraiser event in May.
“We are a community-based organization,” Williams said. “Everything we do, we want to make sure we include (the community) in any process. It’s easy to have fundraisers to invite big spenders to help the community, but I want to involve the community to make sure they, too, are also a part of what we’re doing.”
To place a mobile order for edible art, or to register for paint & create classes, call (704) 438-9308 or email Williams at [email protected] Cartwill’s Delight is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.