Cotton candy business the latest to help fill downtown project

April 15, 2019

Got a sweet tooth? You’re going to love this.

Candy Cloud Factory, a business that offers cotton candy creations, is expanding to downtown Sioux Falls.

It was founded in Mitchell two years ago and acquired this year by Edward Clark and Luke Jessen.

“We’re up to 18 flavors, and we offer it in a bunch of fun and unique ways,” Clark said. “It’s all about the experience. They will see the cotton candy made right in front of them. It’s never pre-made and it’s fun to see it being done. Kids love it.”

The business will lease 1,000 square feet on the first floor of The Cascade, the new mixed-used building developed by Lloyd Cos. that’s under construction on North Phillips Avenue across from Fall Park West.

“We had been looking at downtown Sioux Falls, and we knew that to reach who we wanted downtown is the place,” Clark said.

Flavors will include traditional ones such as strawberry and cherry, more exotic ones like birthday cake, mint and pina colada, and seasonal specials.

Some of the more unique offerings include a jumbo rainbow bag with 15 flavors and cotton candy “flowers” crafted as edible flora.

There’s also a cotton candy “burrito” that uses the spun sugar as a shell, which is then filled with ice cream and toppings and cut in half like a burrito.

“Kids go nuts over them because we usually do Superman rainbow ice cream, and they get to pick toppings and up to three flavors of cotton candy they want mixed in,” Clark said.

There also are seasonal themed items, such as cotton candy in an Easter egg and $1 party-size bags used for birthday, graduations, weddings and other events.

The cotton candy can be packaged in containers wholesale and sold at concession stands. Candy Cloud Factory will supplement its retail business in Sioux Falls with appearances at summer festivals, corporate events and nonprofit fundraisers.

“We donate a portion of our proceeds when we go to a nonprofit event,” Clark said. “We love to give back to the community.”

The hope is to open in early June at The Cascade.

“My vision for the store is I want it to be a store that’s clean fun, where kids can go and think it’s such a cool place that they want to come back, but we don’t want it to look like a traditional candy store with a blast of colors in your face,” Clark said. “It’s nice and clean but with a fun, hip, relaxed vibe.”

Candy Cloud Factory joins Severance Brewing Co. on the first floor. The brewery hopes to be open by early July.

Upstairs, apartments are filling up with tenants.

A model unit is done on the fifth floor. It’s a one-bedroom with white cabinetry, black hardware and a view that looks out to the future courtyard and as far as St. Joseph Cathedral.

“If you would like to live on the top floor, you should talk with us as soon as possible,” property manager Laura Walters said. “We have a limited number of one and two bedrooms left — really throughout the building but especially on fifth. “The model is really beautiful, and it definitely gives you an idea of what the rest of the community will look like.”

The common spaces will start to come together in the next few weeks, she said. Residents are scheduled to begin moving in in July.

Amenities will include an outdoor pool and dog park, three community rooms, a gym and yoga studio.

“The Cascade is really becoming a community already,” Walters said. “We’ve started having gatherings for residents, and that will only continue once we open. Everyone likes getting to know each other, and it’s really more like living in a community than living in an apartment.”

Potential tenants can call 605-271-2010.

Cotton candy business the latest to help fill downtown project

Got a sweet tooth? You’re going to love this. Candy Cloud Factory, a business that offers cotton candy creations, is expanding to downtown Sioux Falls.

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