Elmwood Avenue is about to get a little sweeter.
Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate is planning a late October opening for 423 Elmwood Ave.
The shop will sell handmade chocolate along with vegan ice cream, maple syrup sponge candy and cacao tea. Ingredients are organic and fair trade, it said. All products are dairy free, soy-free, and non-gmo.
The store will also offer wine pairings, tastings and will host events.
Owners Lacy and Timothy Christ said they go to great lengths to keep their products, packaging and business practices sustainable, and they work with local businesses as much as they can. They also buy fair-trade cocoa beans from farms that pay employees fair wages and use recycled packaging, they said.
The Christs also own Thinking Elvish Fantasy Apparel, an online costume boutique.
The space was formerly occupied by Nickle City Cheese. That company has since relocated to 346 Connecticut St.
The property at 423 Elmwood Ave. is owned by Cedarland Development Group. Owner Dr. Fadi Dagher is a transplant surgeon turned developer. He is working on putting a $4 million apartment building in Amherst and has three Waterfront Village office buildings in downtown Buffalo, which he is upgrading. He is also working on redevelopment projects for two landmark buildings in the Broadway-Fillmore area – the former Eckhardt’s Department Store and the former Sattler’s Department Store. He is planning to construct a new $25 million mixed-use building with 90,000 square feet of medical office and retail space, as well as up to 30 apartments, on the site of a former downtown motel on Main Street just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.