Chocolate shop relocates from Manchester to Arts District

Chocolates By Kelly will relocate to a 1,500-square-foot downtown retail space at 414 W. Broad St. (J. Elias O’Neal)

Chocolates By Kelly will relocate to a 1,500-square-foot downtown retail space at 414 W. Broad St. (J. Elias O’Neal)

RICHMOND, Va. — The Arts District is set to get another sugar rush.

Chocolates By Kelly is set to relocate from Manchester into a 1,500-square-foot downtown retail space at 414 W. Broad St., confirmed fifth generation chocolatier and owner Kelly Walker Wombold.

She’ll set up shop a block from another sweet new arrival in the neighborhood, Charm School ice cream shop at 311 W. Broad St.

“The area is really growing, we like what is happening down there and we’re glad that we’re finally going to be a part of the community,” Wombold said.

Wombold, who launched the company in 2008, owns Chocolates By Kelly with business partner Dan Steinerof West End accounting firm Steiner Business Solutions.

The new shop is set to open Nov. 22, Kelly said. An invitation-only event is set for Nov. 21.

Ann Schweitzer, broker with Richmond-based One South Commercial, represented the landlord in the lease deal.

Chocolates By Kelly currently operates out of a commissary kitchen and warehouse space in the Manchester neighborhood, and previously had stints in Forest Hill and Church Hill.

With its move downtown, Wombold said the space’s large bay windows, and open layout will allow for her customers to take in the full experience of how her chocolates are born.

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