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A candy shop owner who launched her first storefront in a Kettering neighborhood and  later moved to The Greene Town Center is poised to take over an existing bakery and dessert shop on the Dayton-Oakwood border.

Both Karalee Parlin, owner of La Puf Sweets, and Justin Livingston, owner of Moore Dessert Please, announced on their respective businesses' Facebook pages that Parlin will take over the dessert shop at 1003 Shroyer Road just inside Dayton's southern border with Oakwood.

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The candy shop will formally transition to La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy by the end of May, according to Livingston, who earlier this month opened Scratch Bakery by Justin Tyler (“Tyler” is Livingston’s middle name) in Livingston’s hometown of Tipp City. Parlin said the new La Puf bakery will open in June.

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Here’s what Livingston said about the sale of the bakery that he purchased nearly three years ago and which was founded in May 2012 by Brittany Moore and her mother Tina.

“When I made the decision to purchase the bakery at the young age of 21, I knew I had big plans for the shop. I wanted to be known for more than just cupcakes. Within my first year, so many people came to love everything that I had created and brought to MDP.”

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“I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t all a dream. It wasn’t. I’ve had the time of my life creating so much sweetness for you guys. Along the way, I’ve made so many wonderful friendships that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. It always felt as if my customers were friends and even family, now that’s a real blessing and I’m forever grateful.”

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“I’m so excited to pass off my labor of love, Moore Dessert Please, to Karalee, owner of La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy. Not only is she a dear friend and someone that I consider family, I’m confident that I will be leaving each of you in good hands. She and her family will continue to provide sweetness for many years to come.”

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Parlin told this news outlet that she will expand her offerings beyond candy to include bakery items. She posted on her La Puf Sweets Facebook page that the new bakery is “literally like a dream come true for us.”

“Justin and I have been on one crazy journey together. He went from being an acquaintance, to my friend, to my mentor and now he's turned into family. It's crazy where life takes you and what people it brings into your life. It's been a roller-coaster of emotions for us, and I'm thankful for every moment.”

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“So what does this mean... we will still be bringing you all the deliciousness that Justin at MDP has brought to you over the years, but with our unique and whimsical spin. We will bringing you delicious cupcakes, gourmet marshmallows, candy apples, petite desserts, dessert cakes and so much more!

“We of course will still be doing our cotton candy and catering. This means the candy buffets just got even more sweet! Along with candy you'll be able to add a large assortment of petite desserts. ...”

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“The Greene was such an amazing experience and I wouldn't change it for the world! I met so many amazing people and learned a lot in the short amount of time we were there. We have finally found our forever home back in Dayton and can't wait to see you all again.”

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