And the Oscar Goes to… Phillip Ashley Chocolates! World-renowned chocolatier selected to Join Frida’s Restaurante Mexicano, Osaka Japanese Cuisine, and Memphis BBQ Co. in High-end, Mixed-use Development

LAKELAND, TN (May 16, 2019) — The Lake District announced today that Phillip Ashley Chocolates, confection designer for Oscar winners and St. Jude patients alike, is joining a growing list of chef-driven restaurants in phase one of its 160+ acre mixed-use community. Owner Phillip Ashley Rix hails from Memphis, and this “real life Willy Wonka” (Forbes) makes hand-crafted chocolates that dazzle eyes and palates around the world.

Rix said, “I am truly honored and looking forward to being a part of The Lake District. We are going to create a one-of-a-kind experience worthy of such an incredible development.” Yehuda Netanel, the founder of The Lake District, expects residents and visitors to savor the splendor of Phillip Ashley Chocolates. “The Lake District is the crown jewel of the region, and now we have a chef whose chocolates possess the beauty of actual jewels. And the taste? Well, you’ll just have to try them. The truffles defy description.”

Rix is a dedicated supporter of small businesses and, in 2016, introduced the Imagination in a Box chocolates to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The one-time Apple business manager is a self-taught confectioner, and he uses only the finest fair-trade and seasonal ingredients to craft chocolates that are visually stunning and tastefully decadent. Maggie Gallagher, director of development at The Lake District, says, “Phillip Ashley’s signature chocolates deliver a multiplier effect to the comfort and beauty of The Lake District. With their long-standing relationship with The Neiman Marcus Group, Phillip Ashley Chocolates occupy a distinctive position in the luxury dessert market. I’m sure our clientele will soon agree that an evening at The Lake District is incomplete without a visit to Phillip Ashley Chocolates.”

In addition to the restaurants, the growing list of tenants at The Lake District also includes Brickhouse Fitness, Elite Total Health, Starbucks, Malco Theatres, Gould’s Salon and Spa, Gloss Nail Bar, The Stock Market, and Hollywood Feed. More announcements coming soon.


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Retailers: contact Maggie Gallagher, Director of Development
@ Phone: 901-229-9690
Email: [email protected]

About The Lake District:

The Lake District is an upscale 160+ acre mixed-use community surrounding a 10-acre lake and waterways in Lakeland, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis. Designed as a walkable village, The Lake District is a luxurious community with elegant water features threaded throughout its five premier districts: Inline Retail District, Main Street District (curated retail, chef-driven restaurants and cafes), Hotel District (two hotels, one with lake view), Pad Sites & Office District (75,000 sq.ft of office space with lake views), and the Residential District (age restricted living, Downtown-style lofts and custom single family homes). Phase 1 schedule of delivery of space for tenant build out is fall of 2020, with businesses opening for the 2020 holidays.

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