How do I get the widgets to format correctly in the Product theme?

Hi - I installed the Product theme running with the Directory plugin.

For some reason I do not have proper control of th reformatting of text in the widgets. I have not experienced this problem with other themes.

I have some text in the middle home sidebar at and wanted the paragraphs to be separated with spaces. I ticked the box to have the paragraphs inserted automatically - but it made no difference.

I put html code in to separate them <p></p> but it made now difference how many I put in.

I installed a plug in with an html editor built in, but even though I created the html manually, and later copied from Dreamweaver, still I can't get what I want.

It's strange because I have put html in widgets before without any issues in the twenty fourteen theme.

Regards, Paul