What was once Wanda\u2019s Sugar Shack in downtown Milford, the iconic candy store owned by the late Wanda Hornack, is now Sophie Claire's: A Unique Boutique for Home & Her. While owner Amy DiSabella doesn\u2019t pretend to try to take the place of a Milford legend, known for satisfying the \u201csweet tooths\u201d of multiple generations, she does hope to fill a niche in the downtown marketplace with her time honored treasures and vintage furniture, all displayed in a cozy atmosphere. DiSabella opened the shop last year. She\u2019s a longtime Milford resident and change-of-career woman, having been a writer and producer for television in Los Angeles and New York, and then a writing teacher at two private schools in the area. The shop, which she named after her daughter, is the result of a life-long dream. For DiSabella, a passion for time honored treasures and \u201cthe thrill of the hunt\u201d led to countless weekends spent scouring flea markets, antique stores, junk shops, yard sales, and even stops at the side of the road, in pursuit of that perfect vintage find or one-of-a-kind furniture piece. But the adventure never seemed to stop there. Her love for creative repurposing, repainting, remodeling and re-imagining always led to the transformation of these finds from \u201crustic to refined\u201d through unique and imaginative finishes. \u201cI learned the craft from my mother,\u201d DiSabella said. \u201cShe had been doing this for years.\u201d She said at Sophie Claire's, she likes to have fun with home d\u00e9cor and does not believe in limiting design to one style. This is evident, she said, in the eclectic mix of everything for the home from French flair to modern vintage\u2026cottage chic to shabby chic. \u201cMy goal when opening this store was to help customers create a lifestyle that is sophisticated, yet relaxed and easy with the guarantee that each piece is something unique that would never be found in any home d\u00e9cor chain or \u201cbig box\u201d store,\u201d she said. The shop also offers fashion with a connection to the Milford coast that reflects its relaxed seaside lifestyle. Designer clothing lines include Gretchen Scott and\u00a0 JG Knitwear, a luxury knitwear collection by local Milford designer Florence Carroll. \u201cI wanted to include pieces in the store that were consistent with the tone of Sophie Claire's...elegant and luxurious, yet easy and casual,\u201d DiSabella said. \u201cThe simplicity of JG Knitwear, combined with its vibrant vintage inspired original prints and bright color palette, made this collection a perfect fit for our store.\u201d There also are bags and jewelry that she says also reflect the chic simplicity of the seaside lifestyle. A lifelong dream Reinventing is sort of what she did with her life, DiSabella said. It was a rather bold change from writing for shows like Sally Jesse Rapheal and Dick Clark, but it was a change she knew was right. \u201cThis was always my dream, and I had faith,\u201d she said. \u201cYou need to follow your passion and believe in yourself.\u201d She picked Milford\u2019s downtown because she loves Milford. Her husband, Nick, grew up here and when they married, they moved here. And the choice hasn\u2019t failed her. DiSabella is happy in her downtown shop, and she said the foot traffic brings her a steady stream of customers. "With other similar home d\u00e9cor shops in the area, downtown\u00a0Milford makes a destination perfect for this kind of shopping.\u00a0The more options you give people, the more reasons they have to come to Milford,\u201d she said. She\u2019s located in Harborwalk, just behind Frosty Twist. And of course for people who can\u2019t picture the storefront yet, she can always tell them it\u2019s the former Wanda\u2019s Sugar Shack. She looked around the shop on a recent day, eyes traveling to the back room where Wanda used to make her candy, and then the walls that once boasted jars and jars of candy and now boast vintage furniture. \u201cShe\u2019s good karma,\u201d DiSabella said. The shop\u2019s summer hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Sophie Claire's can be found on Facebook at\u00a0www.facebook.com\/sophieclairehome;\u00a0"Follow" on instagram @sophieclairesshop\u00a0 and on twitter @sophie_claires.