Phillip Ashley Chocolates to open in Cooper-Young

Cooper Street is about to get a little sweeter. Designer chocolatier Phillip Ashley Chocolates is opening a retail store and production facility at 798 S. Cooper, in the former Painted Planet space.

The location should be open by late October, said Chef Phillip Ashley Rix, who said he plans to host a private reception and a launch event before the official opening. The location will contain a retail store, a client consultation area and a design and production space.

Rix, a native Memphian, has gained national attention for his chocolates. This year, the company was named one of the best chocolatiers and confectioners in America by TasteTV and his creations were featured in the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 85th Academy Awards. He is often commissioned to create custom flavors and designs for clients using sometimes unusual ingredients — his portfolio includes creations made with goat cheeses, bacon, kumquat and local Ghost River stout beer, in addition to more conventional fruits and chocolates.

“I designed each of the chocolates in our portfolio and specialize in creating unique flavor compositions and using unconventional ingredients for artisan chocolate making,” Rix said.

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Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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