Tell us about your business.After a 20 year career as a licensed architect, I left the profession to work with food. I became a personal chef while I worked with chocolate and perfected my skills and recipes. In 2008 Chocolate South was formed and I worked from a rented commercial kitchen, testing recipes and creating chocolates with Southern themes based on gardens, Southern literature, Southern musicians, travel destinations and other traditions. I sold to friends, neighbors and others who heard about my confections. In 2011 it was time for a larger presence so I found my current retail location and opened my shop in June 2012. Now I work in a sunny shop with my own bright kitchen and wonderful people who help me create divine chocolates with premium, local and organic ingredients. Come On in for a Taste of the South in Chocolate!
What makes your business stand out?Chocolate South Chocolates are made with premium ingredients and are beautiful to look at with a flavor that is complex and wonderful. Even though our chocolates are luxury and premium, our attitude is not - our current line includes Southern musicians such as Elvis, Ray and the Allmand Brothers, as well as Scarlett, Scout and Stella from Southern literature. We have a Three-Ring Circus, a Southern Spicy and a CAMObar - a mix of dark, milk and white chocolate decorated to look like camoflague cloth! We also sell locally made Southern savory products and we have a small gallery filled with watercolors and wood art by Atlanta artists.
What's the best business advice you've received?Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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