The Rudisill family can now say they are living the sweet life

Since moving to Woodside Plantation three years ago, Cynthia and Dick Rudisill have been acting like kids in a candy store. And, as it turns out, that’s exactly who they are. This past January, the Rudisills opened Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe in a vintage hundred-year old building in the heart of downtown Aiken, filling it with all manner of chocolates, fudge, pralines and assorted candies. Though open just a few months, it’s already become the number one destination for every sweet tooth from Aiken to Augusta and everywhere in between.

Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe is the realization of Dick and Cynthia’s long-held dream to open their own candy store. Both have an abiding love of the past and were committed to re-creating the authentic sweet shop experience of a by-gone day.  It was their love of the past, in fact, that helped convince them to come to Woodside. “Aiken is a charming old town with a deep sense of history,” Dick said. “It feels a lot like Savannah or Charleston, but without the risk of  hurricanes.”

They had one other prerequisite for relocating. “No snow,” Dick said. “Coming from Syracuse, I’ve seen enough of that stuff for two lifetimes.”

They heard about Woodside eight years ago from an article in Where to Retire. They’d just sold their second home in Melbourne, FL and wanted to move far away from the threat of coastal storms. They purchased a homesite on their first visit to Woodside, eventually moving to the home where they now live.

“It was the smartest move we’ve made,” he said. “We’ve got world-class amenities, great neighbors, a host of new friends and a chance to live our dream. I guess the best way to sum it up is to say that, at Woodside, life is sweet!”


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