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POSTED: December 11, 2013 11:41 a.m.
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Final touches are being made on the new building just past the railroad tracks on Ford Avenue as Blue Heron Lawn Maintenance adds landscaping. The complex will be home to All Things Chocolate and More, Another Debut consignment boutique and other businesses, which are set to open in mid-January.

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The sugar rush can’t come soon enough for Richmond Hill sweets factory, All Things Chocolate and More.
As the final touches are put on the store’s new location on Ford Avenue and the owners prepare for the move, owner Scott Riccelli says he looks forward to being in a space that will allow him to meet the requests of his customers.
“We have so many loyal customers that have been asking for different things. But if you don’t have the capacity, you can’t meet the demand,” he said.
The new building is set to be complete next month and businesses are planning to be up and running by mid-January. As the building construction and landscaping nears completion, Riccelli is excited to welcome his future neighbors to the complex, too.
Another Debut, the women’s consignment boutique is ready to open shortly following approval from the city inspections.
“She’s excited about the increased visibility to her new location and is ready to open,” Riccelli said.
There are still two retail locations available for tenants, but Riccelli isn’t just filling them with any business that comes knocking.
“We want to fill them with complementary tenants that will not take anything away from the businesses that are already here. It isn’t about just filling the space,” he said.
The building project couldn’t have been completed without the support of the community and the local team of experts working on the details, Riccelli said, adding that he is overwhelmingly supportive of working with other local businesses, especially following the success that he’s had in this project.
“It wasn’t always easy to find what we needed, so some things are sourced from outside the community. But by asking a lot of questions and working with great local businesses, we’ve been able to keep most of our project local and support other Richmond Hill businesses,” he said.
Once in its new space, All Things Chocolate will be offering new sweet and savory crepes. Riccelli said he has plans to add tables and chairs to complement the café-like atmosphere and will offer a full espresso bar as well.
“The staff has been taking home the crepe pans and testing them out, practicing their techniques in anticipation,” he added.
The whole All Things Chocolate team, which is Riccelli’s family, is excited about the new menu offerings and larger space.
Moving isn’t only about tasting the new menu offerings though — there have been plenty of logistics to work through during the transition, too.
The hardest part?
“Sitting down as a family and making sure that everyone’s own thoughts and wants were incorporated into the new plan was a hard but important part of the process,” said Riccelli.
“There are so many ingredients that go into a family business.”

 

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