A Siesta Key native son now operates a new Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream shop at Davidson Plaza in Siesta Village, where he grew up skateboarding. Franchise owner Lance Cassagnol has opened the new location at 5140 Ocean Blvd.
The space was formerly home to Local Chill Ice Cream shop. Cassagnol took over the location in July 2022.
A lifelong resident of Siesta Key, Cassagnol started his career as a line cook before going to Australia to study marine biology. He then returned to Sarasota to build an investment banking company. Cassagnol opened the Kilwins store to fulfill a desire to return to his food-service roots.
Kilwins' offerings include heritage chocolate, in-store-made fudge, caramel apples, caramel corn, brittle, chocolate-dipped treats and Kilwins original recipe ice cream. The new store joins other Sarasota-area locations at St. Armands and in Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch.