Dean and Carla Jones are the owner / proprietors of Encore, Chocolates and Teas. This unique shop sells not only loose leaf teas but also artisan chocolates.
Why the name Encore? After being semi-retired for four years Dean and Carla realized that sitting home and listening to their arteries harden just wasn’t for them, besides they are very much people persons and Dean loves to chat. Encore is a word best associated with a second act or a new beginning and this shop is just that for Dean and Carla.
Currently there are 220 teas available for purchase. They receive teas from 10-15 distributors receiving tea shipments from around the world. The teas are sold by the ounce and weighed while you wait. They sell steeping pots and filters and if asked Dean will show you the best way to make an excellent cup of tea.
Some of the tea varieties available include; Black, Herbal, Oolong, Green and White teas.
As for the chocolate section of the store currently they receive artisan chocolates from between 20 – 25 companies. Many of the chocolate makers will only sell directly to small boutique shops such as Encore, Chocolates and Teas.
The shop sells not only boutique chocolates but the incredibly hard to find raw chocolate much sought after by Vegans. To be a real raw chocolate the chocolate is never heated to over 108 degrees, it is gluten-free and has no refined sugar added to it. By keeping the heating level low the chocolate maintains its antioxidant qualities.
Encore Chocolates and Teas have one the largest selections of 100% cacao bars available. They also sell caramels, hot chocolate nibs and toffee as well as truffles.
The store offers gift certificates for purchase and they can be for any dollar amount. Dean and Carla are very active in the downtown business owner’s community and they will participate in the next Art Walk which is scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4.
Encore Chocolates and Teas is located at 509 Washington Street SE in Olympia. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Like their Facebook page to receive updates on events and happenings at their location including free tastings of some of their chocolate line.