Duo starting chocolate adventure
BLACKFOOT — Jen Grover and Jaclyn Falter are single mothers with a dream and a goal.
They want to support their children — Grover has four and Falter three — and they want to succeed as chocolatiers.
They are opening Lola’s Chocolates at 10 NW Main, the corner of Bridge and NW Main. They will celebrate their grand opening during the 7th annual Winter Walk on Saturday and are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“We figured we may as well go for it,” Grover said of opening the shop. “If you don’t go for your dreams, you’re never going to go.”
The name of the store, Grover said, honors her grandmother, Lola Reynolds.
“Lola is my grandmother who has been dipping chocolates for years and years,” she said. “I named the store out of respect and appreciation for her.
“But these are not her chocolates,” Grover said. “Her chocolates were far more beautiful but mine are more modern.
“I’ve created my own recipes. In addition to the creamy centers we’ll have cinnamon bears, pretzel rods; things that she’s never done.”
Grover was born in Blackfoot, but was raised in Pocatello. She graduated from Highland High School. She earned an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Westwood College in Colorado.
“I came back after my divorce in 2005 because my sister and grandma live here,” she said.
She has been working at the courthouse as a clerical assistant to the Planning and Zoning commissioners for the past two years.
Falter grew up in Rockford and graduated from Snake River High School.
While Grover will focus on chocolates, Falter will do candy canes, cinnamon bears and caramels, among other things.
“We’re on an adventure and she’s the sidekick,” Grover said of their partnership.
“It works because we get along,” Falter said. “I can do the things that she doesn’t have time to do.”