St. Croix Chocolate Company to remain in Marine
A favorite building among Marine on St. Croix residents and visitors is on the market again after four years as a chocolate mecca. Owners of the arch-fronted building at 11 Judd Street, St. Croix Chocolate Company, say they want to keep making and selling chocolate, but it’s time for them to step away from running pizza operations.
“It’s a good problem to have,” said owner Robyn Dochterman. “Pizza service has grown a lot, which is great. But we’re chocolatiers. We want to move forward with long-held plans to create a line of chocolate and caramel sauces. But to bring those plans to fruition and to market, we need to be able to focus on chocolate.”
Dochterman said they are ideally looking for a buyer who will continue to serve pizza or offer new food options. The building includes a built-in wood-fired pizza oven. “We’re looking for someone who has a passion for food and restaurants. We are actually asking our customers and community members to help us find that person and connect us, so Marine can keep an important dining option.”
St. Croix Chocolate Company bought the building in 2015. After extensive improvements that included new front windows, a new roof, new flooring, HVAC upgrades and paint inside and out, they began serving chocolate, wine and wood-fired pizza. They’ve also hosted numerous guest chef dinners.
Dochterman and co-owner Deidre Pope both say they have always been drawn to the building and especially love the location and character. “For visibility, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Dochterman. “There is something very compelling about that arch; something that just evokes the historical spirit of Marine.”
As for St. Croix Chocolate Company, Dochterman and Pope say they are definitely sticking around Marine. They plan to revamp their building on Parker Street – the original location of the chocolate business – for production of their new products. Their current line of chocolates will remain available.
“We’ll still have a wide selection and still be open to the public at Parker Street,” said Pope, who runs the retail side of the business. “But we’ll have all our operations under one roof again, and be able to keep our focus chocolately and narrow.”
More information on the building is available by contacting Realtor Jacqueline Day at 763-522-9000 or JacquelineDay@EdinaRealty.com.