A boutique retail shop located in the heart of charming and historical downtown Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington, bringing to this small island community the most decadent and luscious of handcrafted chocolates and confections by the best artisan chocolatiers in the Northwest, as well as critically acclaimed award winning imported and domestic Port Wines, Dessert Wines and drinking Wines.
Friday Harbor Chocolates was created by owner, Aylene Geringer, a resident of Friday Harbor. Her relationship with the island commenced in 1990 when she and her husband first came to visit the San Juan Islands. Over the years, they bought a vacation home in 1998 with an eye towards settling down someday in their retirement years. Right after 9/11, they decided to accelerate their retirement, left their professions in Los Angeles, sold the vacation house and bought an existing Bed and Breakfast Inn, The Trumpeter Inn, which they operated as a post-retirement business.
In 2005, they sold the Inn, due to a family emergency back in Los Angeles, and took a 10 year hiatus from the Island, until they had the wherewithal to come back and make their home here. During that time, Aylene created a one of a kind gourmet chocolate and wine shop in a little town called Silverton, Oregon, featuring the finest of chocolates and confections handcrafted in Oregon. She successfully operated that business until September 2016, when they decided it was time to make their way back up to the San Juans. By December 2016, she found not only a house that was affordable but also an empty retail space which cried out for the creation of a new gourmet chocolate shop! And the rest is history.
The shop, a former barber shop, was completely gutted and redecorated to present the community with a warm and inviting space filled with antique furnishings to best showcase handcrafted chocolates, made exclusively for Friday Harbor Chocolates by renown and accomplished chocolatiers from Washington, Oregon and California. All chocolates and confections are handcrafted and incorporate the finest of natural ingredients, with no preservatives. The selection is vast and ever changing as Aylene’s chocolate makers continuously invent new flavors or adapt their confections to the ever changing seasons by introducing new flavors which reflect the change in seasons. In appreciation of some of her customers’ special dietary needs, there is always a selection available of dairy free and gluten free confections.
One of Aylene’s passions is drinking wine, and drinking it daily! So a good portion of the shop is devoted to presenting Ports and Wines that Aylene has discovered and adores to drink herself. Through fastidious research and personal tastings, Aylene has discovered and selected some of the best Ports on the market, many of which are exclusive to her shop, for her customers’ own discovery. We are a licensed Wine Shop and, accordingly, can offer tasting of our Ports & dessert wines. So Aylene will make sure that not only will you be thoroughly educated about each of the Ports and dessert wines but you can sample them before you purchase to ensure you confidence in the selection of our ports before your purchase from our shop.
And finally, Aylene prides herself on providing impeccable customer service. She and her staff will make sure you are directed towards anything your heart may crave or assist in creating a wonderful gift for loved ones. Complimentary gift wrapping is offered on most gift items.
Thank you for considering shopping at Friday Harbor Chocolates and we look forward to welcoming you as you step through our door.
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
- Linda Grayson -
We are pleased to offer the following services whether you visit our shop in person or contact us by phone or email:
• Create Custom Gift Boxes
• Gift Certificates for any occasion
• Design and create Party Favors for all occasions
• Procure Wine and Port of customers' choice for pickup at our shop
• Shipping of any of our product line (other than wine and port) to any destination outside of Friday Harbor
/ Phone: 360-370-0050
255 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Summer Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daily
Spring, Fall and Winter Hours 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday to Monday. Christmas Eve open 11-4:30 p.m . Closed Christmas Day. Closed January for winter hiatus and re-opening February 1. Open daily week leading up to Valentine's Day, Mother's Day,Thanksgiving & Christmas.
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