Barring any unforeseen circumstances, on Thursday, Dec. 3, Highland Chocolates will be opening at a new location in downtown Wellsboro.
Since Friday, May 24, 2019, Highland Chocolates has been selling handcrafted chocolates in space leased from Lori and Rick Beckwith in the historic Shattuck house at 17 Main St., Wellsboro. The Beckwiths opened their own business, Main Street Creamery at the same location that same day.
“In late summer, Lori told us about 82 Main Street possibly being available for lease,” said Amy Welch, Highland Chocolates manager. “She knew we were looking for a new location that offered more space. Both she and Rick have been very supportive, providing us with space at 17 Main Street and offering our chocolates at their other Wellsboro businesses, Seniors Creations and the Main Street Olive Oil Company, both at 75 Main Street,” Welch said.
Partners In Progress, Inc., which owns and operates Highland Chocolates, approached the owner of the building.
“We’ve been remodeling 82 Main, including painting, adding new flooring, new lighting and air conditioning and are waiting for some of the new store fixtures to arrive. In addition, we ordered new refrigerated cases to display our chocolates. They also have not yet arrived,” she said.
In the new candy cases will be a selection of buttercreams, caramels, chocolate covered cherries, caramel pecans, truffles and more. The store will also offer gift baskets and feature souvenir items.
In addition, approximately one-third of the space will feature nostalgic penny candies, including stocking licorice, jawbreakers, salt water taffy, candy necklaces, gummies and jelly beans.
The new store at 82 Main Street will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
“If for some reason we can’t open on Dec. 3, look for us at 17 Main Street,” Welch said.
Highland also continues to operate its original chocolate factory and retail store at the corner of Route 6 and Shumway Hill Road in Wellsboro.
This nonprofit organization employs local people with disabilities who manufacture this fine line of sweet snacks and gourmet chocolate gifts for all occasions. For more information, call toll-free at 1-800-371-1082 or visit www.highlandchocolates.org.