Photography by
Jess Kamens Photography


laughing gull

Chocolate creations by
Laughing Gull Chocolates


What an honor it is to feature a wonderful, local, small business with a new storefront in our city. I first discovered Lindsay tucked away in the amazing sunlight of the Brighton Farmers Market outside of Brighton High School. There she sat, every bright Sunday morning with her amazing chocolates. She is a frequent stop for me, for obvious reasons, and my wee daughter loves the seagull she has at her table, not to mention her chocolate! We got to know Lindsay and her like-minded approach to people, business, parenting and the like,  lending for some really enjoyable conversations! She was pregnant and working the entire time she was carrying her little one and Alex arrived last year with a bundle of smiles and Lindsay never skipped a beat, with family help of course, so we always had our chocolate/seagull stop at the market!

storefront of a chocolate shop with shelves and water and chocolate
Lindsay from Laughing Gull Chocolates creating some of her truffles

When the news came that Lindsay was opening up a shop in Rochester, I was so excited! She held a lovely opening and to say it was filled to the brim was an understatement. Kids were happily playing and singing, parents and kids alike sipping hot chocolate and dipping fruit and pretzels into the amazing chocolate fountain. It was a really special time and I was so thrilled to be present for the opening of her store.

woman working on chocolate in a kitchen
A woman working in her chocolate store in Rochester, NY

Her shop is lovely, quaint and decorated in a classy/rustic way. There are comfy sofas, a used book lending/switching/buying library, and toys for children to play. There are plenty of comfy places for mothers to nurse, people to work and to relax while sipping and/or eating some chocolate. Lindsay shared with me the origin of the Laughing Gull name, coming from her grandmother and traditions in their family and I loved the stories she told. She would be happy to tell them to you too!

the storefront, looking at the reflection out the window.
wooden boxes on the wall holding items from the shop
bookshelves for a book exchange on the wall
used books for sale and trade in Rochester, NY
chocolate bark in packaging sitting inside a wooden box
the inside of Laughing Gull Chocolates
vegan marshmallows
a chocolate pod

Laughing Gull's chocolates use ethically and locally sourced ingredients and each beautiful, tasty piece is handmade with love! There are plenty of Vegan options throughout her shop as well!

organic, milk chocolate being stirred
how to make truffles
chocolatier making her truffles
chocolate truffles covered with raspberries, salt, chocolate and nuts
chocolate in a jar available in Rochester

Lindsay carries several items wearing her logo (which, by the way, I completely love - classy, simple, expressive). So you can easily drink and carry things that remind you of her chocolates! Her mugs are beautiful and the bags are hand-made as well!

a coffee mug with hot chocolate spoon on the side
a beautiful tin coffee mug

Lindsay's amazing wee girl is not ever far from Lindsay and you can often find her playing in the shop in the play area with her family and friends, while Lindsay is inside the kitchen with her chocolates! What a little joy she is. 

mother and her daughter at work

If you are curious about chocolate, or just wanted to give someone a special gift, how cool is this? Chocolate Making Workshops are taught by Lindsay herself and are totally amazing. The  website will tell you a lot more about these classes!

chocolate workshops available in Rochester, NY

You can even find some other specialties scattered throughout.
She has paired with some wonderful small businesses to carry their food and items as well.

Flour City Pasta carries hand-crafted artisanal pastas that are insanely delicious.

The Chai Guy offers a multitude of Classic and Vegan Chai's including dairy free and sugar free. Delicious.

Gugliemo's Homegrown Marinara Sauce is one of the best, locally-created sauces that you will find!

Cacao Vita comes directly from the farms we work with through a Certified B Organization. Their goal is to offer high-quality Cacao while increasing farmers incomes year over year.

flour city pasta, Gugliemo's Homegrown and the chai guy and cacao Vita

Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm has some amazing maple syrup here!

Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm syrup

How about some coffee syrup (like chocolate syrup!) from Sweet & Cute?

Sweet & Cute coffee syrup

Cire d'Abeille® Skin Care is cruelty-free skin care handmade in Upstate New York. They even use locally sourced honey & beeswax!

Cire d'Abeille Skin Care chap stick in Fairport NY

Beautiful jewelry by Karla of Craft Conscious has stunning colors and combinations. She handcrafts everything using recycled and USA made materials. Very organic and earthy!

handmade jewelry
chocolate think inside the box

So treat yourself to some amazing chocolates and a little relaxing moment at this lovely little shop. DIRECTIONS
Thank you, Lindsay and family, for having me visit!

laughing gull chocolate truffles
chocolate truffles

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