We sat down with Robert Ludlow, owner of Fleurir Chocolates to find out what it is that made him choose Old Town for his business.
Why did you choose Old Town as the place to have your business?
Old Town is where everything started for us. Fleurir began as a stall at the King St. Market so it felt right to have our production facility be here too when we decided to expand. I absolutely love the Old Town neighborhood; I have always felt a part of the community and my business has too. It felt right.
Why did you choose to put your business on Jefferson St. rather than, say, King St.?
I get this question a lot, actually. Fleurir as a whole is, I would say, 80% kitchen space. We’re a production facility, an office, a shipping department, and a retail store all in one so we did need some space to make it all work. I love the historic buildings and storefronts on King St.; it’s the first place I looked to put Fleurir and where I really wanted it to be, if I’m being totally honest. But, like I said, we are a production facility thus we have a lot of equipment that just didn’t work in any of the buildings on King St. We have beautiful 20 foot windows at our store on Jefferson St. that gets great light during the day, which we are so lucky to have because that’s basically impossible to find in any kitchen.
What is your favorite thing about Old Town + the community?
Well, there’s definitely a lot. I love taking my kids to the park by the waterfront in the summer time. My kids love going to E.S.P. for gelato. I go to Misha’s for coffee all the time. I take my kids to Halloween on Lee St. every year (I tell everyone I know with kids to go too). I love the Scottish Walk. I still love going to the King St. Market, now as a customer. The thing I love the most about Old Town, though, would probably be the Holidays. Old Town is the most picturesque place during the holidays. I look forward to it every year.
Speaking of the Holidays, what is your favorite holiday?
Definitely, Christmas. I love Christmas in general but especially in Old Town. It’s great that I get to be a part of the Holidays in Old Town. Christmas in Old Town is awesome because of all of the small businesses. We come out with our Christmas Bar and our specialty Christmas truffle box every year and it’s great that I get to be apart of one of the things that makes the community so great.