Art Sweet Art

We have made the difficult decision to close our doors in light of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 virus on the local economy.

Historic Leesburg's only Chocolate Shop features Neuhaus Belgian Chocolatiers PLUS a gallery of Fine Art showcasing local painters and sculptors on rotating exhibits. Plus...a concert stage for musical performances to remember.

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Lori Goll’s charming pastel of a Vineyard Cat.

#art #artwork #ContemporaryArt #LoudounCountyArt#Leesburg #Gallery #ArtofProvence #Painting #Loudoun County #DowntownLeesburg

A lovely painting by Kurt Schwarz ( The Rocks) in the new show at Art Sweet Art.

Thanks to everyone who came to First Friday Leesburg and helped us celebrate all the artists in our new show Impressions of Provence!

Kurt Schwartz painted this jewel of a painting to be featured Friday March 6th at our new gallery show ( Impressions of Provence)

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What a difference a Riedel glass makes! Come in for a proper wine tasting...

For those who want to avoid the customary Valentine's crunch, we are staying open late the next couple days leading up to the big day Friday... Our selection of Neuhaus Valentine's offerings is still strong but business is brisk so don't miss out on these classy treats. We also have a Grand Cru Champagne for $42 that tastes like labels costing many times more and other delicious bottles sure to please.

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Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner! We have a case full of chocolate (even a football shaped dark chocolate), an ample supply of beer and wine to make your celebrations divine.

Right now we have some Mollydooker “The Boxer” available to try before you buy. Quite delicious and a great buy at $34.99 #shiraz #southaustraliawine #greatwine #historicleesburg #leesburggourmet

Neuhaus elevates the pairing experience with their pralines designed for wines and chocolates to places you should go... #palatepleasures #beautifultastes #historicleesburg #leesburggourmet

On this beautiful day, come by and check out the beautiful paintings by local artist Bill Giarratana gracing our walls for another 10 days.

It’s the first beautiful Friday of the New ‘20’s! We have a fantastic complimentary beer and wine food pairing tasting set up for you to celebrate!

We just got a HUGE chocolate shipment! Tons of our collections are back in stock and plenty of your favorites that ran out through the holidays!

EXHIBIT OPEN TONIGHT, WITH BILL GIARRATANA. We will have treats and wine tastes, Neuhaus Chocolates and more! 6:30-9pm.

[12/27/19]   Ring in the new 20’s properly with some of our finest wine, cheese, and chocolate offerings!

The modern classic Black Bomber Cheddar from Snowdonia in Wales is beautifully paired with the Bourgogne Chardonnay or the 2014 Laird Cabernet Sauvignon.

For the California Red lover we have matched the 2017 Zinfinity and the Neyers Sage Canyon Red with the Red Storm Leicester also from Snowdonia.

If goat cheese is your preference, there is the Fig & Honey Chèvre from Goat Lady Dairy in Climax, North Carolina. Enjoy it with the 2018 Blanc de Brûle Sécaille or the Akemi Rioja!

One of our latest wine additions is the 2017 Alto Limay Pinot Noir out of Patagonia. This fabulous Pinot pairs beautifully with the Green Hill Soft from Thomasville, Georgia. Similar to Brie, this cheese is also recommended with 2017 Brouilly from Manoir Du Carra.

Two of our finest European reds, the Brega out of Spain and the Brunello Di Montalaino of Italy are simply amazing with the Mature Cheddar from the Organic Kingdom of South West England.

We also have you covered on the bubbly when the ball drops no matter your budget. The Marfill Brut is an outstanding Cava from Spain and an excellent choice for any celebration. Of course for those who demand only true Champagne we offer the Roland Champion, a true delight.

Don’t forget about the main attraction: Neuhaus! Although the holiday season has decimated our inventory we still have plenty of premier selections no matter your personal tastes! When you come in, don’t forget to also ask about our ever-growing rare-beer program.

Happy New Year from Art Sweet Art!

We decided to open today for any folks who don’t want to wait until tomorrow for last minute shopping. We still have a number of holiday themed chocolate packages along with other excellent gift selections. Come by and see us.

A client came looking for two of these 20 Year Penfolds Tawney Port beauties and I was able to secure the last three in stock from the distributor. Needless to say, I kept one for ourselves… Spectacular.

The alley behind our gallery shop looks magical. Great job, Leesburg! Leesburg Historic District, Town of Leesburg Economic Development, #holidaylighting

I thought you should know that we are now carrying a selection of gluten-free chocolates: peanut butter caramel, hot chili, and mint . Pretty yummy and manufactured in separate plants to certify GF.

Big Band + crooner at Trungo’s. #livemusic #iwillbringmytenorsaxnexttime

This will be one of our guides for educating folks about wine. Very readable and available for sale here at your favorite wine shop in Leesburg.

What a beautiful and flavorful wine from South Australia… We have just a few bottles left...before we order more 😊

Advent Calendars still available

World Famous Neuhaus Advent Calendars are still available!

[12/06/19]   A five minute chat with Photographer Marc Sirinsky...

Photography as Art: Mark Sirinsky

A conversation with December featured artist, photographer Marc Sirinsky #artinspires #throughthelens

These Amandagio butter biscuits are delicious, especially with milk, coffee, or hot cocoa. The Amandolas sit on a layer of dark Belgian chocolate. Both make great “thinking of you” gifts.

 Today only, buy any wine and cheese combination and get 10% off. We have some beautiful wines in stock like a Napa Cabernet from Laird, the Breca Brega from Italy, Mollydooker Boxer from South Australia and 18 other hand picked selections. On the cheese side, the creamiest of goat cheeses, a fig and honey, a couple of cheddars and a Leicester...all so good. Open 11am-9pm.

[11/28/19]   We are grateful for each of you who have played a role in our success! Celebrate safely!

[11/27/19]   We now have a fabulous hand-picked selection of beer and wines from France, Spain, Australia, Germany and a beautiful Port you won’t want to miss. Of course, there’s the Neuhaus Chocolate and lovely artisan cheeses including a Fig & Honey that is delectable. We are Historic Leesburg’s stop for Holiday pairing and palate pleasure. Here for you today from 10am-9pm #napa #bordeaux #mollydooker #willamette #gewürtztraminer #bualport #grandcruchampagne #pairingpleasures #neyers #neuhaus #dupontsaison #thebruery #firestonemolemerkin

The photo book IMAGES OF PUERTO Colleen Lewis is a collection of beautiful images from that Land of Enchantment and it is available to pre-order for $35. It makes for great gifts or an artful addition to your coffee table or library

Let the cheese pairings begin! Combining MERRY GOAT AROUND, this soft ripened goat cheese from FireFly Farms, with honey, jam, and wine is a real treat to the palate. Available now in our refrigerated merchandiser.

We have a limited inventory of 2019 Neuhaus Advent Calendars. We are down to only 3 Deluxe and 9 Classic, so hurry in!

We are nearly sold out of our 2019 Classic Neuhaus Advent Calendars, with 3 Deluxe and 2 Classics remaining. Come get yours today.
#adventcalendar #belgianchocolate #leesburgva

Introducing... Three new chocolates, all GLUTEN FREE!

[11/12/19]   We are thrilled that we are working closer to our official rebranding to Exquisite Chocolate & Wine. Orders have already been placed, so it is only a matter of days before we start stocking delicious wines and other gourmet products. Stay tuned!

We are grateful for the many who have served our country as Veterans and this includes Abby Popa, one of our weekend associates here at Exquisite Chocolates and Wine. Thank you for your service, Abby, and all who have served and still do.

Have you seen the new exhibit yet? Marc Sirinsky’s work is outstanding!

DOOR KNOB by Colleen Rebeca Lewis. 16x20 Canvas print - available in other formats and sizes. Be sure to come by to see this as well as the rest of our first photography exhibit, “Through The Lens”, here through December.

We just cannot get over these tasty wine pairing pralines! 🍷
Pictured below is Sommelier Safran; bold ganache filling with origin chocolate from Colombia, enriched with blackberries, saffron, rosemary honey & a finish of white chocolate.

These beautiful Neuhaus Advent Calendars make perfect gifts with the holidays coming up. 🎁
Purchase yours today!

The History Collection boxes are back in stock! They make for great gifts while telling the story behind our chocolates.

Interesting conversation going on surrounding our Town’s future at a Business Forum with the Town of Leesburg Economic Development folks.

We are loving the new Neuhaus hot chocolate! Inspired by the original Belgian praline, these cacao shaped beans added to boiling milk make for perfect cups of world-class hot chocolate.

Available in both milk and dark. Cozy up with Neuhaus!

A Sweet Endeavor

An educator by training and one who home educated her four children, (and also a recent provider of elder care in the community), Susan Griffin Mercado has always enjoyed art and chocolate. Now she and her husband David Mercado have begun to share this enthusiasm with the community they now call home, Leesburg, VA.

Currently featuring impressive local artists and world famous Neuhaus Belgian chocolate, the large storefront called ART SWEET ART is increasingly garnering notice from the thousands of drivers and pedestrians alike who pass by every week. A growing number is making it a stopping point for the unique experience that blends the sensory experiences of sight and taste.

Since April 2017, the leasing of the space has been underwritten by David’s Event Audiovisual company SOUNDVIEW SERVICES INC. The weaning process has begun to take effect and projections are to be self-sustaining within a year.

As its first chocolate sale, ART SWEET ART provided 400 beautiful gift boxes to a local college celebrating a major anniversary. This kind of corporate gift order stands to make up a major percentage of annual sales, in addition to art sales.

For more information, Susan can be reached at [email protected] and David at [email protected].

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Advent Calendars still available
Photography as Art: Mark Sirinsky
The 2019 Advent Calendar is Beautiful!
Upcoming events
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Kay Walsh and her Abstract Art
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