Perth Chocolate Works officially opens

Perth Chocolate Works
Ribbon cutters (l to r) Shelley McLaren, Louise, Heather and Brenda McKeen, and Town Crier Brent McLaren, officially open Perth Chocolate Works June 2. Photo credit: Sally Smith
Posted on: June 3, 2017

Sally Smith

Perth’s Town Crier Brent McLaren was at his melodious best Friday, June 2 for the official opening of Perth Chocolate Works in Code’s Mill.

He rang his bell for attention, called to those there for the event and then mentioned this is the second mother-daughter chocolate team to grace Perth’s streets. The first was Jane Laurie’s Bakery and Candy Story which opened in 1858.

Perth Chocolate Works team is Heather (daughter) and Louise McKeen (mother); Heather is the chocolatier. Sister Brenda was on hand for the opening as well as Dad Keith.

Louise started her first chocolate factory — Manitoulin Chocolate Works — in Kagawong 20 years ago.
Deputy Mayor John Gemmell commented that Perthites will enjoy having the chocolate works in the town. Heather said it has been a long time coming. “We’ve been renovating all winter, we’ve been through sleepless nights, we’ve stayed up many-a-late-night painting ceilings.”

Mother and two daughters were there to cut the ribbon and second daughter Brenda invited interested onlookers to watch the chocolate machine at work.

The space, once occupied by Coutts Coffee, was noisy and busy with customers and chocolate fanciers. Ottawa University student Lobban Erwin was busy behind the counter filling orders.