Leading up to Valentine’s Day a visit to Crave the Chocolatier in Collingwood Downtown is a must! Sheri Gabriele, the Chocolatier, is now in her 17th year of business with this unique shop where she hand crafts the most delicious bites of chocolate heaven using the finest Belgian chocolate.
“Crave was definitely influenced by my husband John, who always wanted to own a candy store and has the heart of a child at times’ notes Sheri. ‘In the early days, staffing issues led to me running the store and I never went back from there”.
Sheri loves having a retail store in the heart of such a gorgeous and historic downtown that offers a wonderful array of unique shopping experiences with independent merchants you just can’t find anywhere else. As a small business owner herself, Sheri makes a point of shopping locally whenever possible. A favourite spot for lunch, 98 Super Panda, is just a few steps away from her shop.
The last couple of years have definitely been challenging while she’s had to navigate all of the shut-downs, keeping her staff and her customers safe and supply chain issues. “I’m extremely grateful for the community support we’ve received at Crave, it’s been really incredible. We’re very thankful that we’ve been able to keep the lights on and our sanity in check.”
Sheri really enjoys the fun challenge of creating something new for her customers to sink their teeth into and her favourite bon bons are the Strawberry/Banana Truffles and the Orange Truffles.
You can find Crave the Chocolatier at 62 Hurontario Street, and you can follow Sheri on Facebook.
If you’d like to send someone a really decadent gift basket or flowers and add in some chocolates from Crave, you can order it on-line through her neighbours at Collingwood Flowers & Home Décor.