Chocolate bar set to open in Rīga

Chocoholics needing to indulge themselves now will have a new venue—the new Emihls Gustavs Chocolate bar set to open Oct. 27 in the Old City district Rīga.

It will be the first chocolate bar in the Baltic states, according to a press release from SIA Emila Gustava šokolāde. The bar will offer not just sweets but also delicatessen foods, cheese and alcoholic beverages.

“The new chocolate bar has been a long-held dream of the company,” co-owner Zane Bērziņa said in a prepared statement. “We are very happy that there will be a place in Rīga where chocolate can be enjoyed in all its forms, for example, with chili peppers, delicatessen meats or alcohol.”

The bar will be located at Tirgoņu iela 8.

The company also is unveiling a new international brand name, Emihls Gustavs Chocolate.

The confectionary company was formed in 2001 by the same group that runs Stendera ziepju fabrika, a maker and retailer of luxury soaps.

Stendera earlier this year announced the further international expansion of its marketing into Marshall Field’s department stores in the United States. It already has stores in various European locations, including in Germany and Russia.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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  1. Just to say the first known full blood Latvian born in Australia will be celebrating her 94th Birthday 31 December, 2005. She is Mrs Wanda Villis (not Vanda Willis, as spelled out in Ieve Puke article of 2002) nee Sarin-Anderson. Born at Cangai – a copper mining settlement in hills from Grafton, northern NSW, she was eldest child of John (Janis) and Louise (nee Grissler) Sarin – Anderson. John and Louise came from southern Zemgale on the Lithuanian border. He was born at Hofzumberge (Tervete) and Louise at Dunderhof (now Daunoriske?) northern Lithuania. John’s mother, Lisa Pipars, was born Gaidaitci Lithuania of Latvian father and half Lithuanian mother. Before marriage, Lisa worked as house maid for Forest Warden Count Pahlen’s Estate Tervete; house is “Spridisi”, home of Anna Brigaders, the writer. Lisa’s sister, Karline Straube, was Ann Brigaders housekeeper.

    John left after “1905”, travelling via Moscow, Vladivostock and Nagasaki, accidentally coming to Australia. Settled at Cangai May 1906 then sent for his family to join him. Louise Grissler was good friend of his sister Lena, and she came to Sydney January 1911. They married Friday 13 January and immediately went to live at Cangai. John’s brother, Charlie (Karl) had already arrived in 1908. By June 1911 John’s mother Lisa, and youngest brother, Aflred, also arrived. Sister Lena arrived about 1914 and married Martin Plavin a Latvian here. Louise is reputed to be the first Latvian woman to arrive and settle in Australia. Later, Lisa was to become the oldest Latvian living in Australia.

    Wanda was said to have been brought into the world by a full blood Aboriginal midwife but recent research points to Lily Duroux, a dark skinned French woman who smoked a large pipe and was married to a full blood Aboriginal. Whatever, Wanda’s second name is Lily and to be still alive and knocking on the door of 94 is really quite and achievement.

    In 1932 Wanda became the first known person of Latvian blood to gain a Degree (B.Arts) at an Australian Uni. Twenty years later she gained a B.Ec as well at Sydney Uni. For most of her working career she was a teacher. She married Fred Villis – Welsh migrant – in 1939 and had one daughter, Nora (now deceased). She has one grandson, Michael Villis Ruthven, who lives near her. His father, David, is a grandson of Lena Sarin-Anderson.


    Earl R. Ewers
    P.O. Box 54
    ACT 2608

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