ITHACA, N.Y. — Life’s So Sweet Chocolates, a shop that looks like a child’s wildest candy dreams brought to life, is closing its doors after a decade-long run in Trumansburg and Ithaca.

“It is with as sad yet grateful heart that I write this letter to you to say that as of February 17, 2018, Life’s So Sweet Chocolates will be closing its retail doors,” owner Darlynne Overbaugh wrote in an online post. “Why is the business closing? There is no one direct answer to this question – its a culmination of circumstances, many of which beyond my control, that have lead to this decision. Please know that this decision was not easy and I truly wish that a different solution could have been found.”

Life’s So Sweet Chocolates. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Life’s So Sweet Chocolates. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

The chocolate shop was originally opened in Trumansburg in 2008 and expanded to Ithaca when Overbaugh won the city’s Race for the Space competition in 2012, which gives businesses a year’s worth of free rent with the signing of a years-long lease.

In 2015, Overbaugh closed the Trumansburg location, she said, to focus on growth and expansion at the Ithaca shop, according to The Ithaca Journal. 

The Ithaca location is located at 116 W. Green St. in Press Bay Alley, about two blocks from the Ithaca Commons.

Overbaugh, who also is also the Festival Director for Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend, said she and a team of volunteers will continue to run the event.

Over the past three years, the chocolate shop began to be known as the “Honeydukes” of the festival, with a line to get into the shop sometimes stretching for nearly a block. Its shelves were lined with Harry Potter-themed merchandise from chocolate frogs, to “butterbeer,” gummy slugs, and other treats.

A Passionate Pairings Chocolate Tasting happening Saturday will be the business’s last day of operation. The ticket-only event is happening from 1 – 4 p.m. and pairs chocolate with cheeses, fruit, wine, coffee and other local food. More information about the event can be found here. 

Until the closure, 40 percent is being taken off all purchases at the store.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.