Sweet news for Dean’s Chocolates fans

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I heard the buzz on Portland Psst, then on Portland Food Map: Truffle-maker extraordinaire Dean Bingham, the master behind Dean’s Sweets, is taking his biz out of his home and into a shop in Portland’s emerging foodie neighborhood. Now Dean’s was one of the chocolatiers I raved about when I defined the Maine Coast Chocolate Trail. I am beyond thrilled that his decadent, adult-oriented, dark chocolate creations will be available regularly in a retail shop.

I fired off a quick note to Dean, who I met at a food festival in Rockport, and requested the details. Plans are to open this Saturday, Nov. 22. The shop is located at 82 Middle St., between Rabelais (the foodie book emporium) and Pepperclub (which doubles as The Good Egg in the morning; perhaps go for brunch before the opening?).

To celebrate the opening, Rabelais is offering 15% off its entire stock (Hello, Santa!). Says Dean: “We’re hoping for a few friends to show up for a ‘soft opening’. They’re hoping for a mob. Maybe something in between…” He cautions that the shop isn’t anywhere near completed, but will be operational.

So now, Market Street, between Franklin and India, is home to: Hugo’s, Pepperclub, Duckfat, Rabelais, Ribolitta, Norm’s East End BBQ, and Dean’s. Add in India Street, and the choices expand: Miccuci’s, Two Fat Cats Bakery, Coffee By Design,  Amato’s, and, well you get the idea.