Melissa Joan Hart Opens the Doors of SweetHarts

06/02/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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Mwah! Melissa Joan Hart receives a smooch from 3-year-old son Mason Walter while balancing her boys — that’s Brady, 14 months, on her other hip — at the opening of her new candy and fro-yo store, SweetHarts, on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Celebrating the grand opening of SweetHarts with friends including Kellie Martin, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Soleil Moon Frye and Jaime Pressly. Also present were husband Mark Wilkerson, 32, lead singer for the band Course of Nature, and their sons.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” says the actress of owning a candy store, an idea she came up with together with mom Paula Hart. “I’m so excited to start this next adventure in my life.”

The store, beautifully decorated in purple and apple green, features 200 different kinds of candy including Big League Chew, Jelly Bellies, Candy Lipstick, Nerds, Junior Mints and Bubble Tape gum.

It also sells a selection of frozen yogurt, which Melissa served up from behind the counter at the opening, in flavors such as pistachio, peach and bubble gum.

“I love all the different candy because they remind me of my childhood,” says Melissa. “I can’t wait for my kids to have their birthday parties here.”

The actress, who recently lost 42 lbs., is not worried about the temptation that comes with owning a candy store.

“Actually, I don’t like sweets unless I’m pregnant,” she says. “It’s a very lucky thing! The only thing I’ll eat [here] is the non-fat frozen yogurt.”

— Ulrica Wihlborg

Click below for photos of Kellie Martin and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon with their kids!

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Actress Kellie Martin — in a dress we loved! — brought along 2 ½-year-old daughter Margaret ‘Maggie’ Heather.

Maggie wears Stride Rite’s NMS Julie ($45).

Kellie wears Madison Marcus’ Absolute Degrade Dress ($336).

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Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon brought all her boys — husband Mike, fraternal twins Jaid Thomas and Jax Joseph, 19 months and son Oliver, 18 — to the opening!

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ashley on

how interesting that she opens a candy store the same week she’s on the cover of people magazine talking all about eating healthy, weight loss, etc.

Alecia on

Hey, every little puclicity helps, right? Anyhow, the candy carries sugar free products.


yummy!! I have to take my daughter there…looks so cute and delicious! lol

That picture of her and her boys is adorable! Garcelle’s son Oliver is so handsome and tall!! 🙂

Ella Ray on

Her boys are so cute! They look exactly alike and just like their daddy!!!

Alecia on

Everyone looks so good…Aaah, Garcelle & her boys, precious! Kelly & Maggie, adorable & Melissa with her dynamic duo, luv it.

Jasmine C. on

Aww what a cute name she picked for the store.I love it!!!

Christine on

Her boys are gorgeous!
I wonder how much time she’ll spend at the shop?

momto3 on

cute play on the name of the candy store. But, um, that dress, kind of makes her look prego!

pelin on

they are sooo adorable!!!I think Mason looks like his mommy,and Brady looks like his daddy.and I like her dress! 🙂

alexia kaelyn on

Melissa boys are adorable I like her dress. Maggie Jax Jaid are adorable babies.

ErykaWynter on

OMG – Kellie Martin looks so gorgeous! WOW!

Jill on

I live in the neighborhood and I was here on Saturday night and it is super cute. I can’t wait to go again! Thanks Melissa.

Cortney on

Brady is soooo cute!

Andrea_momof2 on

Brady looks so much like Mark!

Karm on

Yay! Kellie Martin!

anna on

all parents and their kids look so great

french gigi on

lovin the store’s name….very very adorable!

kait on

Her two boys are precious, and the name of her candy store is too. But honestly, 42 pounds? A 5’2″ frame can handle up to 140 pounds and still look great when in shape. I give her credit for doing it, but Melissa still is beautiful even with weight on and as long as she’s healthy and active that should really be all that matters.

Megan on

Maggie is just too cute! I can’t believe how big she’s gotten.

Janet on

“The only thing I’ll eat here is nonfat frozen yogurt?” YEAH RIGHT. Whatever you say Melissa!! hahaha

momof3 on

I LOVE Kellie’s dress! Does anyone know where it’s from?

Stephany on

Great pictures! I lovve Kellie Martin. She looks gorgeous!

And, Kait, I’d have to disagree. First of all, because 140 lbs on a 5’2″ woman is considered overweight. And secondly, because I am 5’2″ and I can tell you for a fact that being 140 does NOT look healthy or in shape. I think Melissa is at a good weight now.

Sabrina on

how exciting! the store sounds adorable. congrats to melissa!

Sabrina on

how exciting! the store sounds adorable. congrats to melissa!

Brooklyn on

Great pictures! Mason and Braydon “Brady” look so alike! And Maggie is a cutie!

Lacey on

Kellie is stunning!! Maggie is so cute!

mamap on

Oh i just love her boys! soooo cute!

Bb on

Garcelle is so beautiful, as is her family

Meaghan on

Anyone know who makes Kellie’s dress? It is too cute!