Melissa Joan Hart Opens a Candy Store

After losing 42 lbs., the actress promises she'll only eat the shop's non-fat frozen yogurt

Photo: Ali Gilliams

After revealing her new bikini body on the cover of this week’s PEOPLE, Melissa Joan Hart is already on to her next project: Her candy store SweetHarts!

On Saturday, the former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star, 33, celebrated the grand opening of the Sherman Oaks, Calif., store with friends including Kellie Martin, Soleil Moon Frye and Jaime Pressly. Also present were husband Mark Wilkerson, 32, lead singer for the band Course of Nature, and their sons Mason, 3, and Braydon, 14 months.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” says the actress of owning a candy store, an idea she came up with together with mom Paula Hart. “I’m so excited to start this next adventure in my life.”

The store, beautifully decorated in purple and apple green, features 200 different kinds of candy including Big League Chew, Jelly Bellies, Candy Lipstick, Nerds, Junior Mints and Bubble Tape gum. It also sells a selection of frozen yogurt, which Hart served up from behind the counter at the opening, in flavors such as pistachio, peach and bubble gum.

“I love all the different candy because they remind me of my childhood,” says Hart. “I can’t wait for my kids to have their birthday parties here.”

The actress, who blogged about being “extremely proud” of her 18 percent body fat count and fitting into her size 27 jeans in a recent post on her MySpace page, is not worried about the temptation that comes with owning a candy store.

“Actually, I don’t like sweets unless I’m pregnant,” she says. “It’s a very lucky thing! The only thing I’ll eat [at the store] is the non-fat frozen yogurt.”

Next for the actress? Starring in the independent thriller Nine Dead.

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