Caramel’s owner, Sarah Watkins, drew inspiration from her grandparents who owned and operated independent grocery stores for over 40 years. Growing up in a family business environment, Sarah always hoped to open her own business one day.

Sarah has spent the past 17 years managing educational programs and fundraising for non-profit organizations. Sarah continues to work full-time as a professional fundraiser while she manages Caramel.

The store is named after Sarah's grandfather's favorite candy—Caramel.

Caramel believes in doing our part to contribute to a greener, healthier planet. Over the years, Caramel has proudly carried a number of eco-friendly, recycled and vegan lines, including Ethos Paris, Even Keel, Kelly Beth Designs, Novacas, Panda Snack, Peel, Prophetik, Sameunderneath, and Toggery

In partnership with Clean Currents, Caramel was 100% wind powered from 2008-2014. During that time, we were also a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program.