Lindsey, 41, and her husband, Ryan Anderson, 45, bought the sweet shop in October after debating the decision for less than a week. “There wasn’t a whole lot of thinking that went into it,” she said. “The Chocolate Moose hasn’t been here forever, but it was a staple for kids to go to. We didn’t want to see it closed.”
“To put it very eloquently, we took a leap of faith off a cliff and went full speed ahead and here we are,” Lindsey said. Months later, the two are ready to reopen.
“We want it to be more of a place for people to come and just enjoy themselves,” Ryan said. The Chocolate Moose plans a grand reopening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday with a laundry list of prizes and festivities ranging from goodie bags to two downtown-wide scavenger hunts.
While the shop looks largely unchanged, it features new pastel colors, new candy displays recycled from the previous fixtures and a larger seating area in the back of the shop. Since October, the novice chocolatiers have done some light renovations to the shop, at 25 S. Willson Ave., adding a kitchen to the building — they had been renting an industrial kitchen in Belgrade — and sprucing up the interior.
Since October, the couple have quietly learned the ins and outs of making treats and running a small business. There will also be live music — provided by the Anderson’s 9-year-old daughter, Hadley, and her music teacher.
The confectionary sells hand-pulled taffy, handmade chocolates and a wide assortment of candies. Wilcoxson’s ice cream, with handmade waffle cones, is on the menu, along with old-fashioned soda on tap. “We don’t know what to expect,” Lindsey said. “We have no judgement moving forward on what the summer’s going to be like or how much candy to have.” Ryan, who works in tech, has taken over managing the business side. Lindsey has adopted the confectioner role. They’re preparing for their first summer.
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