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Chocolate, coffee shop opens in downtown Auburn

Gretchen Christenson knows that chocolate is an indulgence. So if you're going to have one, she reasons, it should be as good as it possibly can be.

Christenson is the owner and chocolatier at Gretchen's Confections, which opened in Auburn's East Hill area Nov. 1. Along with her chocolate creations, the shop also sells lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and other coffee drinks prepared by her husband, William, as well as scones, muffins, cheesecakes and other treats baked by her aunt (and barista) Eleanor Wilcox.

The Christensons moved to central New York last year from Tacoma, Washington. It was out west where she studied chocolate, graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Seattle and interning at Tease Chocolates in Tacoma. She has since taken classes in Montreal and Chicago, and completed the online Ecole Chocolat's Certified Chocolatier Program.

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