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Did someone say Easter?

Chocolate-lovers and parents can rejoice.

Enigma Fine Chocolates has opened the doors of its first flagship store in the Ori Building, Braddon. The timing could not have been better for those who prefer to avoid mass market easter egg frenzies and prefer something a bit more quality and bespoke – for their kids or for themselves.

Chocolatier and owner Stuart Strutt-Shotton says it’s a thrill to have a base on Lonsdale Street – a location which was synonymous as a foodie destination.

It’s been a huge step after Stuart set up his brand of handmade truffles and chocolate bars in 2015. He has since forged a name for himself – selling at the Handmade Markets and Old Bus Depot Markets as well as being stocked at suppliers across the city.

He and his partner Adna – with enthusiastic support from their three chocolate-loving daughters – have spent months fitting out their new space with giant murals of cacoa beans adorning the walls and shelves upon shelves laden with delicious and hand-made morsels.

The store is divided into four sections, a small lounge area to sit and sample, a long bar to thoughtfully mull over which flavour to eat next, a long central table with platters of chocolate under glass, and a small corner devoted to a hot chocolate bar – eat in or take away.

Stu and Adna have big plans for Engima – apart from pumping out another Canberra artisanal food product – they want to start running chocolate-making classes, as well as hosting parties for kids.

“It’s been a bit exhausting getting the store set up, but it looks beautiful now so I am looking forward to just settling in and talking all things chocolate with our customers.”

the essentials

What: Enigma Fine Chocolates Flagship store
Where: Shop 65, Ori Building, Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am-6 pm
Contact: 043 22 64 772

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