Lune Chocolat eyes expansion in Manlius

— As its third anniversary approaches, Lune Chocolat eyes an expansion in the town of Manlius. Since opening in September 2011, Lune has become a must-visit for not only Central New York foodies, but also a destination for tourists from all over the state. Its mouth watering and eye catching chocolates have even created a stir overseas after being part of a “Taste of New York” collection, being sold across Europe.

Its hand crafted chocolates truly are a taste of CNY, inspired by the local flavors. Next to the peanut butter hedgies and the tea inspired chai buddhas, you’ll find an ever changing selection of chocolates crafted with ingredients from local farms and food producers. All of its local buying has led to collaborations with Recess Coffee, the Onondaga Historical Association, Owera Vineyards, 2 Kids Goat Farm, Olive on Brooklea, Nature-Tyme, Mountain Grown Farm, and Kreimhild Butter to name a few. Lune has also been busy providing custom orders for couples planning weddings around the region.

All of this has created a tight fit at the current store front and production facility located at 315 Fayette Street. When Lune opened its doors at the 480-square foot space, owners Mike and Emily Woloszyn were already bumping into each other every now and again in the small kitchen. But as the staff has grown by eight employees, and more and more customers come and go, they have struggled to fill all their orders without standing on each others toes.

In October of last year, they began to discuss expansion. They have their sights set on a 1600-square foot space in Manlius that would not only provide more production and retail space, but will also allow Lune to expand its product offerings to include super premium gourmet ice cream. Think sweet potato casserole with handmade marshmallow, taro with almond and coconut, and locally grown delicata squash with locally made whiskey.

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