Chocolate Bliss set to reopen in new location

From local sources

JASPER — For seven and a half years, Ann Recker, owner of Chocolate Bliss, has been supplying area residents with quality chocolates, candies and coffees.

Recker will offer much more when she reopens her store Friday, in the southeast corner of the Square, as Chocolate Bliss and Kitchen Essentials.

With almost three times the space as the previous store on the Square’s northwest corner, the newly renovated building provides room for the popular confections and coffees, an ice cream counter and numerous kitchen and grilling supplies. Seating is available inside the store and on a patio just outside the door that faces Fifth Street.

Before expanding her business, Recker tested the need for a kitchen store in Jasper by stocking items like cookie cutters, grilling supplies and cooking oils and spices.

“I had some spatulas that just flew off the shelves. I reordered them three times in six week,” she said.

“This idea has been in the back of my mind for a long time,” she said.

Clay in Motion is one line being added to the store. Created by a family of five potters, the clay items are lead free and microwave- and oven-safe.

“I look for unique items that people cannot easily find in this area,” Recker said. “This line offers right- and left-handed mugs and other unique, beautiful pieces.”

Kitchen gadgets by Joseph Joseph, engineers by trade, include products like a garlic chopper with a scoop at the end so the cook never has to touch the garlic.

The store shelves are also stocked with a large selection of wine accessories.

Recker plans to purchase ice cream for the shop from a location north of Indianapolis. Flavors include banana cream pie, strawberry cheesecake, rocky road and vanilla bean.

Fresh-baked cookies — chocolate chip, sugar and oatmeal ­— will be available daily.

“I hope this store becomes a social place, especially on Friday nights, for the customers and for me,” she said. “Over time, customers become friends.”

Chocolate Bliss and Kitchen Essentials will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is 482-1617. The website is at www.chocolateblissofjasper.com.

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