North Creek It’s been a long time coming. After celebrating their fifth anniversary as the Adirondacks’ gourmet chocolate confections company, Barkeater Chocolates has changed their location and opened a small factory store to complement their web store.
The factory store, located at 3235 State Route 28 in North Creek, is hosting a grand opening on Saturday, June 15 from noon - 5 p.m. The festivities will include live music with local band Decadence; as well as, giveaways (while supplies last), prizes and of course, samples. The store carries items currently found at barkeaterchocolates.com, along with many factory store exclusives.
Deb Morris, co-founder says, “The reason for the move is that we needed more space for production, packaging and storage. When the opportunity presented itself, we made the leap.” Previously, Barkeater Chocolates’ operated in the lower level of Café Sarah on Main Street.
The idea of a factory store was conceived when Jim Morris, co-founder, did a walk-through of the prospective location. He says, “It’s the third leg of the stool. We have a popular web store, a brisk wholesale business, and now we can accommodate walk-in traffic as well.”
Offering confections that are not currently found in local retailers, or at least not in the same quantity or packaging, the factory store will be a launching pad for new and exotic flavor pairings. Deb adds, “We are not looking to compete with our retail partners; so we are focusing on our truffles and other confections in gift packs versus single impulse items that you would find in a store.”
Jim says, “There’s no better way to test a confection than to have our customers try a sample. Either we’ll have a winner and work on marketing it to other retail outlets, or decide that it’s a niche that is best offered to a smaller segment of our customers.”
Exclusive confections will include the Caramel Collection; a line of chocolate confections with house-made caramel and a variety of add-ins such as peanut butter, salted peanuts, coffee & smoked pepitas.
For more information on Barkeater Chocolates or the grand opening, visit barkeaterchocolates.com or call 518.251.GIFT (4438). For updates, you can also check their Facebook page at facebook.com/BarkeaterChocolatesNY.