Manlius Ever have chai tea or stout beer flavored chocolate? Pretty soon you won’t have to go far to try them.
“We will have all of the standard features, such as chocolate covered cherries and caramels, but we also have chocolates that are flavored like chai tea, stout beer, lavender, goat cheese, hot pepper and several unique sea salt caramels, just to name a few,” said Michael Woloszyn, who plans to open Lune Chocolat in the village of Manlius with Emily Woloszyn, his wife of 15 years, on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The couple lives in Camillus with their two kids, ages 6 and 10.
The specialty chocolate store is opening in the Fayette Street plaza, near Sno-Top.
“I love the swan pond, and all the nearby parks,” Woloszyn said. “I also see small business doing well in the area, such as the Manlius Art Cinema, the Bike Loft and Dave's Dinner.”
Woloszyn said people have called the chocolate he and his wife make “out of this world.” Hence the name Lune Chocolat, which is French for moon chocolate.
Woloszyn has been in love with the chocolate industry for a long time. He said he loves the feeling one gets when entering a true chocolate shop — no one every leaves unhappy.
“After I finished my MBA I knew that this was something I wanted to do, so my wife went to the Culinary Institute to become a chocolatier,” he said.
Woloszyn graduated from Liverpool High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Empire State College and earned his MBA from Syracuse University. Emily graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and Onondaga Community Community College.
Emily said working toward the opening has been both “fun and chaotic.”
“We’re like a team, we’ve always taken things on as a team, “ she said. “So that’s kind of how we did this. Our marriage is a team, our parenting is a team — there’s no one person in charge.”