New chocolate shop opens at The Greene

Cheyanne Plewe, Contributing Writer

With the holiday season approaching, the opening of the new chocolate and candy store Kilwins at the Greene came just in time.  The story behind this store isn’t known by many, especially since the store just began to branch out into Ohio.

The store was originally located in Petoskey, Michigan.  When Don Kilwins set out to start his own business, his initial idea was to open a bakery.

With the ending of World War ll, Don didn’t have much luck, until he passed through Petoskey, a tourist spot in Michigan. There he found a bakery for sale where he was able to start his business.

Shortly after opening the bakery, Don began experimenting with different chocolates and sweets. This is when he found his true passion and created the Kilwins of today. Together with his wife Katie, they built this nationwide store from the ground up.

Terri and Mike Hoggatt are the new owners of the Kilwins at the Greene. Terri is the owner and with her husband’s help, very much like Don and Katie, they have created their own delectable store. Terri fell in love with the store herself after spending years in Petoskey, and decided to share these chocolate treats with all of us here in Ohio.

Located right across from Charming Charlie’s at the Greene, this store contains all the chocolaty goodness one’s heart could desire. Not only do they offer your traditional chocolates such as orange crème, turtles and cordial cherry, but they also offer new treats like chocolate-dipped Oreos and Nutter Butters.

Just when you have fallen into a chocolate dream, the list goes on! With almost everything homemade, Kilwins has fudge, ice cream, salt water taffy, caramel apples and even popcorn. It would be impossible to walk out of Kilwins without craving something for yourself. So next time you find yourself having a sweet tooth why not take a trip down to The Greene and visit Kilwins–you won’t be disappointed!

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