Frances and Smeeks to Close at UNION Biltmore in Phoenix

Lauren Gilger
A selection of candy at Smeeks' former location.

Frances and Smeeks owner Georganne Bryant announced via e-mail that she'll close both stores' UNION Biltmore locations at the end of 2013.

"It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you I will be closing Smeeks 12/31/13," Bryant wrote in the message that went out just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 10.

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Bryant went on: "It has been a fun 4 years, but with a father afflicted by Alzheimer's and children on both coasts, I need to step back and spend some time with my family."

The candy and novelty shop originally opened in 2009 at Medlock Plaza, also home to Bryant's boutique Frances. In November 2012, Smeeks relocated to UNION, where Bryant also opened a second Frances location.

"I have appreciated and loved every moment of bringing Smeeks to Phoenix and thank you for all the support you have offered."

Although both of Bryant's UNION shops will close at the end of December 2013, Frances at Medlock Plaza will remain open.

"Our lease is up with the Biltmore Union at the end of the month for both Smeeks and Frances Union so we hope you continue shopping at our main store at Central and Camelback," Bryant wrote.

In the meantime, gift cards to Smeeks are set to expire at the end of December. So shoppers holding them should hightail it to the sweets shop before the new year.

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2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Medlock Plaza

W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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Michael Brownlee
Michael Brownlee

I'm with Jim, when Smeeks was at Medlock, I was in there 2-3x per month typically spending 30-40 each time. It was a special place that me and my daughter enjoyed and coveted. I was sad when they left but understood that the foot traffic would be much greater. Sadly, Smeeks at Union was nothing more than a stall of novelty items. It had lost all it's luster and I've been there now maybe 3x since it moved. It's a shame. I was rooting that they would return to Medlock. Best to her and her family, I'll pray for them. Maybe one day our days will again be brightened by the sweet innocence of a candy shop a lot of people love dearly.

Laura Ory
Laura Ory

Will be sorry to see Smeeks go.

Stephanie Nyman
Stephanie Nyman

Poor rich people cant get there overpriced candy anymore! Snif snif

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