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Curtin described his chocolates as “affordable luxuries,” and Éclat Chocolate’s web page is peppered with accolades from notable food critics from around the world.

carries handcrafted jewelry by local artisan Ashlee Smith, and reiki-infused crystal healing jewelry by Hawk Couture of West Chester. You’ll also find the unique artwork of Allan Fausnaught of Woodland Woodworx based in Jennersville — the same artist who designed the Prana House’s outdoor sign. Allan’s art incorporates meticulously handcrafted pieces of natural elements such as wood, stone, and metals in the form of mythological symbols, Fibonacci-influenced patterns, and mystical emblems. From tea and tarot, to herbs, crystals, and locally-sourced art, there’s so much to see — and learn — at the Prana House.

Éclat Chocolate The French word éclat means a brilliant display or effect, and Master Chocolatier Christopher Curtin could not have chosen a more perfect name for his gourmet chocolate shop, located at 24 South High Street.

The first breath one takes upon stepping into Éclat Chocolate is undeniably effective, as the brilliant aroma of chocolate envelopes you. The dazzling selection of chocolates and confections are displayed beautifully, with plenty of samples to try and a friendly sales team ready to assist. Since its opening in December of 2004, Curtin and his production assistants at Éclat Chocolate proudly make all of their chocolates on the premises. When we caught up with him at his factory shop, Curtin discussed their daily operations, as well as partnering with other local businesses. “Production is six to seven days a week, depending on the season, and is normally done between 8:00am and 6:00pm,” he said. Curtin also explained that the filled chocolates take around 24 hours from start to finish, and that chocolate manufacturing alone can be up to 72 hours, depending on the machine and the flavor profile of the particular beans. Although

Éclat Chocolate is produced exclusively here in the borough, Curtin’s products are sold at numerous locations around the country, and they've recently expanded into the Japanese market. Besides cocoa beans and other tropical ingredients such as vanilla, Curtin and his team reported that they are fortunate to be able to find everything they need locally. “Luckily, we have so many incredibly talented suppliers and craftspeople, so we normally don’t have to travel far,” Curtin said. “Working with local artisans is also very inspiring,” he added, and mentioned that Éclat Chocolate has paired up with other area favorites such as Longwood Gardens, Victory Brew Co., Doe Run, La Colombe Coffee, and numerous local chefs, as well as internationally known figures such as Eric Ripert and the late Anthony Bourdain. Curtin described his chocolates as “affordable luxuries,” and Éclat Chocolate’s web page is peppered with accolades from

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