Gulf Coast Runners Dash and Dine at Freedom Park in Naples. Photo By Brian Tietz

Internationally acclaimed chocolatier Norman Love will open a new state-of-the-art chocolate and dessert salon in the Terra Design Center at 13211 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Scheduled to open in summer 2016, Norman Love Confections’ Fort Myers-McGregor Chocolate Salon will offer the company’s award-winning ultra-premium, handcrafted chocolates, as well as specialty desserts, artisanal baked goods, coffees, novelty products and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love. The 1,700-square-foot chocolate and dessert salon will offer indoor and outdoor seating with take-out or dine-in options.

“Opening along the popular McGregor Boulevard corridor has been a long-term goal and is part of our company’s aggressive expansion plan,” said Norman Love, founder and president of Norman Love Confections. “Our fifth and newest location will allow us to better serve our customers who travel from Sanibel and Cape Coral, as well as those communities and businesses surrounding the McGregor Boulevard area and nearby downtown Fort Myers. Offering a full-service Norman Love Confections’ experience, we hope to quickly become the No. 1 destination for dessert dining in the area.”

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.  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 has recently been named as 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 and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. 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.