Chocolatier seeks retail expansion

  • William Poole makes chocolate in his 1800s-era farmhouse on Porter Hill Road. riCandymaker Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 27, 2016 5:55PM

Chocolatier William Poole will petition the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a special exception to operate a part-time retail space out of the old carriage house on his property.

Poole, of New Ipswich, is already using his Porter Hill Road home’s kitchen as a base for his chocolate and sweets business, which exists mostly online and in pop-up shops and farmers markets around the area. But since Poole appeared on the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship, he’s been getting more attention and requests for a retail shop, he said in an interview Monday.

“People keep stopping me in the street or grocery and asking me, ‘Why aren’t you doing retail?’” said Poole.

Poole’s proposal, which will be deliberated before the Zoning Board on July 7, would renovate the carriage house on his property, which would be open three days a week – noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays – to sell his chocolates and caramels.

The renovation would be internal only, said Poole, as he is required and wants to preserve the historic nature of the carriage house.

“I don’t think this will be anything that will overly affect the fabric of the neighborhood,” said Poole.

A public hearing will be held in front of the Zoning Board on July 7 at 7 p.m. in the town offices.

If the special exception is granted, Poole hopes to open his retail space around Halloween time.