WATERVILLE – A Knox County chocolatier announced this week they’re adding a location in Waterville.
It’s a sweet Christmas present that has came early for the downtown.
“We were looking where can we go next, and so Waterville came up on the radar several times,” said Kate McAleer, the owner and founder of Bixby & Co.
They’re expanding their Rockland based chocolate factory to open a store and cafe on Main Street in Waterville, an area the city has been working to revitalize.
“We really wanted to become part of that change and positive energy,” said McAleer.
The space needs a kitchen put in and some furniture.
It used to be a bank, dating back to the early 1900’s.
The owner said they want to use every part of the old bank, including a vault from 1903 to use for chocolate storage.
Along with a chocolate vault and seating area they’re looking to sell drinks, cookies, gelato, and everything from gourmet bon-bons to more affordable products, like the Maine classic, Needhams.
“We really are cognizant of offering all things to all people,” said McAleer.
They’re also planning a chocolate bar for people to learn how their desserts are made.
The building is owned by Colby College.
Officials with the Waterville school said Bixby moving in means the building will be full for the first time in 25 years.
“We were incredibly excited … they’re sort of the final piece of the puzzle in terms of filling this building out, and becoming a dynamic business for Main Street,” said George Sopko, the director of media relations for Colby College.
The new space is expected to crate five jobs.
Bixby’s opening date is scheduled for the spring of 2020.