New business sweetens up downtown Franklin

Jessica Kaiser

A rotating flavor menu of cheesecakes, cupcakes, cake pops and donuts is just steps away from campus.

Gigi’s Sugar Shack – which opened a little over a month ago – is a new local business in downtown Franklin owned by Indiana natives.

Although the shop started small with online ordering, owners Greg and Amber Schall both left their jobs to run Gigi’s full time.

“It’s been rewarding,” Greg Schall said. “It doesn’t really feel like a job. It’s more of a lifestyle to us now.”

Greg Schall, who worked as ceramic tile foreman for more than 20 years, and Amber, who currently attends Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, named the store after Greg’s grandmother.

“We named it after her in her honor,” he said. “She’s not with us anymore. We use a lot of her recipes for a lot of the different things that we make.”

On a typical day, patrons can expect favorites like Oreo cheesecake, yeast rolls, chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, cake pops, double chocolate cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and an early-morning selection of donuts.

In the future, the couple hopes to change the store’s interior and expand the menu.

“I would love to do healthy food, as well, [and] I would like to do like smoothies,” Amber Schall said. “I would like to do more seating here, too.”

The Schalls said they also hope to offer a small ice cream selection when the weather warms up.

Amber Schall, who has owned businesses in the past, designed the shop’s bubblegum pink, homey interior.

“I wanted pink,” she said. “It’s my favorite color. … I really like the family atmosphere [we have here]. I want people to feel like they’re comfy.”

The Schalls, who have six children ranging from 6 to 20 years old, said creating a family-oriented environment was important to them.

Because Greg and Amber Schall said the Franklin business community has welcomed them with open arms, they also try to give back to the community.

“We take all of the left overs that we didn’t sell during the day either to Camp Atterbury or charities that come and pick it up,” Amber Schall said. “We try to give back as much as we can.”

In addition to the case selection, she offers bulk and special orders.

“It’s hard work,” she said. “We’re here every day. It’s worth it.”

Gigi’s Sugar Shack offers a 10 percent discount to Franklin College students, faculty and staff who show their IDs. It is a located at 377 E. Jefferson St. in downtown Franklin – a five-minute walk from campus.

The shop is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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