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September 19, 2012

Choices abound at Chocolate Studio in Cooperstown

Chocolate lollipops and chocolate bacon are among many products offered at the Chocolate Studio in Cooperstown, the owner said.

The studio is a place not only to buy but also to create chocolate confections, said Heather Foutch, who with her mother, Sandy Thorpe, opened the business earlier this year.

The shop at 4861 State Highway 28 is filled with homemade chocolates, supplies to make chocolates and more than 100 different molds, old-fashioned candy, customized favors and gifts for all occasions, according to an online description.

The Chocolate Studio offers birthday parties and classes, including workshops for children, teens and adults. For example, Foutch said, a one-hour children’s session, which costs $8, will present three chocolate-making projects.

The business will participate in the Cooperstown PumpkinFest this weekend, she said.

Foutch, who moved to the area about five years ago, said she and her mother had retail experience at a similar candy store in New Jersey and decided to try opening a shop locally.

The mother-daughter team opened the Chocolate Studio in the spring, Foutch said, and business has been better than expected.

This summer, shoppers included families of baseball campers, Foutch said, and customers also were attracted by a sign outside the business that advertised chocolate bacon.

The Chocolate Studio is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 547-8300.

Local business reps join

firm’s advisory board

Matt, Dan, Joe and David Bushey of G&I Homes have been appointed to the Ritz-Craft Corp.’s President’s Advisory Council, a media release said.

Ritz-Craft Corp., based in Mifflinburg, Pa., is the largest family-owned manufacturer of off-site-built modular homes in the United States, the firm’s website said.

The Busheys recently received a plaque from Paul D. John, Ritz-Craft president and co-owner, recognizing G&I Homes as a member of the council, which travels to Ritz-Craft’s corporate headquarters in Mifflinburg, Pa., annually to provide feedback and ideas, the release said.

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