Chesapeake Chocolates, the tiny chocolatier that has been leasing a counter in a portion of Lake Anne Florist Virginia Wine and Gourmet at Lake Anne Plaza for seven years, will expand into the rest of the storefront.
Lake Anne Florist owner Linda Fuller said previously she would retire at the end of January. There is currently a closing sale to move merchandise out of the store at 11426 Washington Plaza West.
Lake Anne Florist will close Jan. 31. The new Chesapeake Chocolates will open on Feb. 7.
Chesapeake Chocolates will increase its chocolate offerings and carry jewelry, pottery, crafts, plants, and more. Future plans include adding wine and craft beer, a Lake Anne Plaza spokesman said.
Chesapeake Chocolates owner Doris Tyler specializes in hand-dipped milk, dark and white chocolates. In additional to traditional varieties, Tyler has a large collection of chocolate molds and can custom make anything from a bushel of chocolate crabs to a collection of chocolate seashells or race cars.
For its Grand Opening, Chesapeake Chocolates will be offering free tastes on the plaza (inside store if weather permits), free dipped pretzels and coupons for future purchases.
Ten percent of the proceeds for the day will go to the Freezin’ for a Reason event taking place on the plaza the same day. Freezin’ for a Reason benefits Camp Sunshine, an overnight camp in Maine for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Photo of handmade chocolates at Chesapeake Chocolates/Credit: Yelp