Sweets: Turtle Alley Chocolates
“Chocolate is a highly-satisfying medium to work with,” says Turtle Alley Chocolates owner Hallie Baker. “People who come in your store are happy, and then you make them happier. It’s an extremely rewarding way to live. I still eat chocolate everyday — and I’ve been making it for 23 years!”
Baker, a painter by education, fell in love with the chemistry of chocolate working in restaurants (And candy shops. And ice cream shops) to make money for canvases, paints and brushes. And after working in a Prides Crossing, Mass., chocolate shop for eight years, she opened Turtle Alley in 2000.
There is nothing quite as perfect a gift as a pound of Turtle Alley chocolates, handmade in Gloucester and Salem, designed by the owner’s extra-sensory intelligence for flavors and textures. Turtles, truffles, bark — you choose.
▶︎ Turtle Alley Chocolates, 42 Rogers Street, Gloucester. (978) 281 4000. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, Sunday, 12 – 6pm.