After spending a cumulative seven years in the pastry department of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Robyn Luckhaus and Larry Brubaker learned how to accommodate any request on deadline and how to make enormous figures out of chocolate. Luckhaus says they’re bringing both skills to their new James Island sweets shop, sensibly called Luckhaus & Brubaker.
The pair renovated the former Athens Express Pizza and Café so the 1200 square-foot shop would accommodate their seasonal displays. For yesterday’s grand opening, they created five-foot tall chocolate palm trees and a sunning Santa made out of brown sugar.
“It’s the kind of thing you have to come in and see,” Luckhaus says.
Yet Luckhaus adds the images of elaborate confections on the shop’s Facebook page shouldn’t scare off prospective patrons: “We’re not pricing ourselves out of the market,” she says. “We’re a very accessible sweets shop.”
Luckhaus and Brubaker left The Sanctuary in October. Prior to becoming executive pastry chef at The Sanctuary, Brubaker was the pastry chef for the Old Edward Inn in Highlands, N.C.
Located at 1939 Maybank Highway, Luckhaus & Brubaker Sweets and Treats is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (704)604-6533.