But after more than 12 years in business, Belgique Chocolatier will close its doors at both its Kent and New Canaan locations, it has been announced.
“We have accomplished everything we wanted to do,” says owner and chef Pierre Gilissen. “When we first opened in Kent in the year 2000, some people were actually betting money that our business would fail, but it has done better than anybody ever imagined,” he said. “ In fact, many people have come to associate the town of Kent with the little yellow Belgian chocolate shop near the corner of routes 7 & 341. Belgique has become a destination for customers all over the area and beyond.”
“It’s been great to have so much recognition over the years,” said co-owner Susan Gilissen. “ We have been named ‘Best Chocolates,’ ‘Best Desserts,’ and even ‘One of the Best Hot Chocolates in the World,” she said. “One of our desserts was on the cover of ‘Connecticut Magazine,’ we’ve been interviewed by The New York Times and The Boston Globe, and we’ve had television exposure on The Food Channel and Martha Stewart Living.”
During its tenure here, Belgique has provided its handmade chocolates for events with such notables as President George W. Bush, England’s Queen Elizabeth II, and King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium.
Gilissen has accepted a job at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C.
The shops are expected to close around the end of October, after leaf-peeping season. The Gilissens are selling the Kent property. Customers who have balances on their gift cards are encouraged to redeem them as soon as possible.
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