Restaurant Roundup: Belgian chocolate company comes to Ferndale, new dessert option to Troy, and more

A chocolate brand established in Belgium for more than 35 years is resurfacing in southern Oakland County.

Quix Chocolate, an artisan Belgian chocolatier, opened July 21 at 221 W. Troy St. Suite 200 in Ferndale. The chocolate factory, owned by Belgian David Ogloza, offers chocolates made with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. All chocolates are handcrafted from scratch in small batches at the Ferndale store. The store, named after the d’Ogloza family who operated the business in Belgium from 1947 to 1983, uses Belgian recipes. The retailer also offers Guernsey ice cream and Illy coffee.

Quix, the first commercial tenant in Ferndale’s DOT Garage development, operates 1,500 square feet of space, one-third of which is dedicated to retail and the remainder is used for production. Ogloza leases the space and has not disclosed the terms of the lease. Quix currently has six employees and is looking for a full-time employee with a culinary background to help with production, as well as sales staff to work evenings and weekends.

A grand opening is scheduled for September 21. Quix, however, had a soft opening on July 21 – Belgium’s national holiday. Ogloza, who came with her husband to Michigan in 2018, opens the company after a stint at Deloitte as a senior executive.

Quix operates 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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