Neighborhood Eats: The Chocolate Fetish

The Chocolate Fetish in downtown Asheville is a local go-to for all things sweet. The shop offers a wide range of treats, including 36 different kinds of truffles. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

If you find yourself without a gift for your loved one on Valentine's Day, this week's Neighborhood Eats destination has you covered.

The Chocolate Fetish in downtown Asheville is a local go-to for all things sweet. The shop offers a wide range of treats, including 36 different kinds of truffles.

Every February, the shop sees a boom in business.

"Our main customer base is women, except for Valentine's Day. It's men buying for women," manager Elizabeth Foley said.

Foley's parents bought the shop in 2001, and the family has been spinning confections by hand every February 14 since then.

According to Foley, the mostly male crowd in her shop is looking for something last minute for their sweethearts, and The Chocolate Fetish is well-versed and prepared.

"You can get anything from a box that will hold one truffle, to we have a giant box that will hold, like, 100," she said.

And for loyal customer Laurie Crosswel, the tasty treats are on par with fine diamonds.

"I feel like it's Tiffany's, you know, for chocolate," Crosswel said.

Unlike jewelry, The Chocolate Fetish's confections are guaranteed to make your day just a bit sweeter.

"I just think chocolate makes people feel whimsical, sort of. It's like an escapism," Foley said. "You know when you go to the movies and you escape.When you eat chocolate, you escape."

The Chocolate Fetish is located at 36 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Click here for store hours (They're offering extended hours just for Valentine's Day).

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