Insiders: Sweet Pete's

    Family Insider: Indulge Your Inner Child at Sweet Pete's Sweet Shop

    By Carrie McLaren

    There's something about human nature that's soothed by a little bit of chocolate, or a lollipop, or saltwater taffy. Consider Sweet Pete's, a short ways north of downtown Jacksonville in historic Springfield, a family-owned laboratory designed for investigating that part of your nature. "It makes you happy when you eat candy," observes owner Pete Behringer. So stop in and taste a little happiness. Need sugar-free or vegan sweets? You'll find them here. And with suckers in flavors with names like "Vineyard Vodka," you should feel just fine taking part in those experiences even if you can see over the counter without using a stepstool.