Internationally renowned for handcrafted artisanal chocolates, Norman Love Confections is now open at University Town Center (UTC) in Sarasota.

Located at 192 N. Cattlemen Road in the West District at UTC, Norman Love Confections’ newest Chocolate Salon is the first of its kind, where Norman Love Confections pastry chefs “take the stage,” showcasing their artistic expression and creating beautiful “desserts of art,” while engaging guests in a fun, conversational and gastronomic dessert experience.

The UTC Sarasota location offers the company’s award-winning ultra-premium, handcrafted chocolates, as well as specialty desserts, artisanal baked goods, novelty products and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love. Additionally, the Sarasota location will serve a selection of wines and coffees. The Sarasota Chocolate Salon will also offer Norman Love Confections’ limited-edition holiday collections, available for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.

“This has been a long-time dream of mine – to offer an interactive experience featuring artistic yet recognizable desserts that are both delicious and visually captivating,” said Norman Love, founder and CEO, Norman Love Confections. “After dinner, guests can pair a glass of wine or coffee with a delicious dessert presented with a ‘Norman Love’ twist. They will have a front row to an immersive dessert ‘chocolate theater’ of sorts, the first of its kind in our region.”

The 2,000-square-foot location has an outdoor patio in the heart of the West District at UTC and is Norman Love Confections’ sixth location and its first in Sarasota. Learn more at www.NormanLoveConfections.com.

About Norman Love Confections

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida. The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love was named the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero, Naples and Sarasota, as well as a pastry shop and café at Whole Foods Market in Fort Myers salon. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.