LAKE FOREST, IL--(Marketwired - Nov 9, 2015) - Sweet Pete's Candy, a specialty sweet and snack shop founded by Pete and Allison Behringer, along with entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's reality series, The Profit, today announced that the first Chicagoland Sweet Pete's location is now open for business at 270 Market Square in Lake Forest, IL and will celebrate their grand opening on Thursday, November 12 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. The location, formerly known as the Jolly Good Fellows Sweet Boutique, has been undergoing renovations since August to convert the space into a full-service Sweet Pete's Candy Shop boasting a fully functioning candy factory and dessert bar.

"We can't believe the time has finally come for our Lake Forest location to open, and it's been very surreal to see this space transform into our newest Sweet Pete's location since we announced we would be expanding nationally," said owner, Allison Behringer. "We are looking forward to sharing this experience with all of the candy lovers of Chicago and begin offering our sweet treats and services in this new and exciting market."

The November 12 grand opening celebration is free and open to the public. The event will feature live music, exciting giveaways, games, prizes, candy making tutorials and more. Visitors can satisfy their sweet tooth with items such as gourmet chocolate, ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods, an array of candy and snacks and more, and customers will also have the option to create their own bulk custom candy mix finished with a variety of packaging available for special events and gifts. Following in the footsteps of their Jacksonville location, the Sweet Pete's Lake Forest facility will also offer the Chicagoland community candy making classes and space for birthday parties, field trips and other special events in their private event room. The hours of operation at the Lake Forest location are Sunday thru Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm and Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm.

Lemonis initially partnered with the Sweet Pete's Candy Company based in Jacksonville, Florida on the hit CNBC reality series, The Profit, where Lemonis stepped in to assist Pete and Allison Behringer with the expansion of their business facility and product offering. Pete has a wealth of knowledge in the candy business and has been making treats for over 20 years. Since the episode aired, Sweet Pete's has since relocated to a 23,000-square-foot building in Downtown Jacksonville. Watch Lemonis assist other struggling business on The Profit, airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC.

About Sweet Pete's

Sweet Pete's is a specialty sweets and snack shop that opened its doors in 2010 after owner Peter Behringer, known better as "Sweet Pete," decided to turn his love for candy making into a business in order to share his creations and passion with others. Behringer possesses over 20 years of candy making experience and was raised in the chocolate industry, spending the earlier years of his life working for his mother's family-run chocolate business. Sweet Pete's relocated and expanded into a 23,000 square-foot facility in Jacksonville, FL in 2014, which is believed to be the world's largest candy shop. Today, Sweet Pete's manufactures a line of quality chocolates and sells almost a thousand different types of candies, while also offering a large retail store, full-service restaurant and bar, rooftop patio, dessert bar, candy making classes and more at the Jacksonville location. Find out why Sweet Pete's is the sweetest destination on earth by visiting, follow on Facebook at, and Twitter @sweetpetes.

About Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis is an entrepreneur, investor, television personality, and chairman and CEO of Marcus Lemonis LLC as well as Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. Camping World is the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam is the world's largest RV owner's organization. Visit

Lemonis is also known as the "business turnaround king" and host of CNBC's prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges businesses based on a "Three P" principle: People, Process, and Product. The new season of The Profit airs on Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC.

More about Marcus Lemonis can be found at, Facebook and Twitter @MarcusLemonis.

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