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Dita's Chocolates now served by third owner

Cindy Larreau takes on the six year local chocolate shop in downtown Sandy

After nearly six years in business, Dita’s Chocolates is continuing on under its third owner.

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Cindy Larreau officially became the new owner of Dita’s Chocolates after previous owner Breezy Poulin decided to make a change. POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Cindy Larreau was a customer of Ditas Chocolates for six years before taking over from previous owner Breezy Poulin.

“I’ve been shopping here for six years,” Larreau said, adding that she became close friends with Poulin when she took over from the original owner in 2012 and even helped her decorate the store’s windows during city events.

So when Poulin said she would be selling the chocolate shop, Larreau jumped at the chance to take on the business.

“I decided it was time to take a leap,” she added. “I really love the idea of the community that surrounds this store. (Sandy) is really growing and it’s good to be a part of that.”

While Larreau has some ideas on how she’d like to improve the store, one of her main goals is to keep doing what Dita’s does best, serving local fine chocolates and wines.POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Ditas Chocolates serves wines and chocolates made in Oregon.

Dita’s Chocolates prides itself on offering all chocolates made in Oregon. Chocolates at Dita’s come from Goody’s Chocolate in Bend, Moonstruck Chocolate in Portland, Ladybug Chocolates of Canby, and, closest to home, Stiletto Fine Chocolate made in Sandy.

“We’re the only store out this way that carries her truffles,” Larreau said of Stiletto’s owner.

Stiletto truffles are one of Larreau’s go-to sweets when recommending a treat to customers at Dita’s Chocolates, but she’s tried everything in the case so far and loves it all.

“But I can’t just go by what I like,” she added with a laugh. “We’re all different and I like that.”

To go along with the chocolate, Dita’s offers wines from Portland’s Galaxy Winery and Lemma Wine Company, Silverton’s Awesome Wines Company, Newberg’s Owen Roe Winery and Hood River’s Naked Winery.POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Cindy Larreau looks forward to making Ditas Chocolates a homey feel with decorated windows and a relaxed atmosphere.

Larreau said Dita’s Chocolates brings a sense of keeping it local to Sandy. She enjoys supporting the people that live in Oregon and will continue to do so.

“I always liked the idea of small business versus corporate,” she said. “Everybody wants to help everybody out.”

Outside the local feeling of Dita’s Chocolates, Larreau thinks the store brings a certain nostalgia to the downtown sector as well.

“We come together around sweet shops,” she noted, adding that after 14 years of working from home, she’s eager to bond with people over the experience. “I just missed people, making someone happy, making someone smile — and chocolate does that.”

As far as changes go, Larreau would like to make a place for some of the younger citizens of Sandy to hang out as well. She plans to add seasonal beverages in addition to wine so young people can treat their friends or dates to something special without spending too much money.POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Cindy Larreau was a customer of Ditas Chocolates for six years before taking over from previous owner Breezy Poulin.

Aside from getting to work with customers one on one, Larreau said she is looking forward to making the Dita’s Chocolate space into a place where customers can feel at home.

“I like the idea of keeping a shop,” she said, “making it feel like home. A place that people will think is a neat little place to come and have a glass of wine and a chocolate.”

After the help given to her by the previous owners of Dita’s and the people down the block at Clackamas County Bank, Larreau is ready to take on her new adventure.