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Artfully Chocolate Won't Return to Del Ray

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The lease has been terminated for the space at on Mt. Vernon Ave.

Eric Nelson won't be reopening his Artfully Chocolate store and cafe in Del Ray after all.

Nelson, who operates a location in Carlyle, Alexandria, had closed his Del Ray location in April but had plans to reopen it. Nelson said in an email blast that his landlord has terminated his lease, even though he had three more years remaining. The Purple Goose, which had been temporarily housed at the address, will now remain there permanently. "I am very sad and deeply frustrated by the turn of events. What started out to be a good-neighbor gesture on my part has turned into an ugly situation where I cannot return to the location where I had been since June 2008."

Nelson says he will be evaluating his options and "perhaps look for other space in Del Ray" after the holidays. Here's the full statement from Nelson.

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