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R ound Top just got a whole lot sweeter. When we spoke to Brooke Michie, who owns Lollitop Sweetshop with her husband Paul, 500 pounds of candy had just arrived at their door. Brooke describes Lollitop — which is housed in an 1865 saltbox in Minden Square, neighboring the Michies' Round Top Brewing (opening in March) — as a candy store that likes to bake. In addition to mounds of candies and chocolates, Lollitop offers sweet and savory breakfast options and coffee. Highly creative, degreed chefs Paul and his mom, Sherry Michie, bake mouthwatering goods in Lollitop's lone commercial oven, such as the #BFF Blueberry Fields Forever muffin; Savory Sausage Gruyère muffin made with Eckermann's pork seasoned in house; and delectable biscuits served with house gravy. Brooke's favorite is the Farmhouse cookie, made of rice crisp and rolled oats topped with powdered sugar, but the Cowgirl cookie with its large chocolate chips and shattered pecan is hot on its heels. The Michies have collaborated with Neon Moon Roasters out of Burton for a locally roasted diner-style house coffee, offered by the hot cup and via bags of beans. Lollitop is also a great option for gifts, from nostalgic grown-up treats such as candy cigarettes to gift bags, boxes, and baskets assembled for any theme, occasion, or price point. A large outdoor area connects to the brewery with room for al fresco games and relaxing by the firepit. Lollitop Sweetshop, 103 W. Austin St., Round Top, Anne Lee Phillips CANDY CRUSH WHAT'S NEW IN TOWN, AND IN TINY HAMLETS ALL AROUND Paul and Brooke Michie C isco Pinedo — owner of Cisco Home stores, a staple in Los Angeles for 30 years — will open Oak Bones, a boutique retreat on Highway 1457 in Round Top. Designed and built by Cisco Home, Oak Bones is named for the native oaks on the property and adjacent cemetery. The concept is to create the perfect home away from home where you can gather with friends and family, meet new people, and hang out like you're at summer camp. Oak Bones sleeps 35 and has a private movie theater with a stage for live performances, commercial kitchen, and dining area that seats 30, with an outdoor kitchen and patio. A pool and gym will also be completed this spring, with a planned spring/ summer 2021 opening. By fall 2021, a 12,000-square-foot event venue for weddings, corporate events, and retreats will be completed. Phase one of construction just wrapped. Pinedo has also acquired the former Bill Moore antiques venue on Highway 237 and opens in time for the spring shows. The showroom will carry Cisco Home handcrafted, sustainable furniture, as well as other brands, and will have a food and drink component, including a coffee bar. Cisco Home will be open for the Round Top Spring Antiques Show in March. Cisco Home is known for furniture handcrafted in the United States with responsibly harvested and sourced woods and low-VOC wood stains, goose feathers and down, and natural linens, cotton, and wool. Cisco Home also carries reclaimed one-of-a- kind pieces. Anne Lee Phillips HOME HOME CISCO Round About TOP Cisco Home, coming to Round Top LISA PETROLE 10

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