The Chocolate Life

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Its like an itching in the back of your brain .... you can feel it, but can't reach it to ease the sensation. I have worked for many years in the foodservice business, from a mom and pop pizza operation to a multi-million dollar chain. My love has always been food and everything that surrounds it. I remember being 10 or 12 when my uncle started a small restaurant in upstate NY, we visited many times and I thought to myself "I am going to be a chef when I grow up!" Some of my fondest memories are of my French grandfather, Julian, making bread and doughnuts at home after he picked me up from school. Food has always been an integral part of my life. It wasn't until I was well into my twenties that I developed an affinity for candy, which lead to chocolate and all the delicate intricacies that come with it.  Well, I never went to culinary school, but got an education of hard knocks while I served in the US Navy. So back to the itch .... I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but never had the opportunity to explore it more. I decided I am losing precious years (40 now) and it was time to MAKE the opportunity! So here we go....on the Next Great Adventure!  Oh....I guess I need to tell y'all about the idea! I want to open a Chocolate Bar (or Cafe, if you will). A place dedicated to handcrafted chocolates, chocolate inspired drinks (yes, alcoholic also, pending research on ABC Laws), and chocolate desserts. A welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. At this point it is just a lot of research, business planning, and product development (yummmy!). I would love all and any input during this journey. Please don't hold anything back, I am not looking to get my ego stroked, I am looking to make a successful and responsible business, while giving to the customer an unparalleled chocolate experience. Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you!

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Comment by Kathryn James on March 14, 2012 at 1:00pm

Sweets by least the name cracks everyone up after the take a look at me and realize I'm not kidding!  The woman at the tax office yesterday thought I'd put some funky typo on my application then looked at me and said "Oh!  I get it!  Cute!"  I'm online at (still working out the's going to get yet another major overhaul this week) and facebook at

Comment by Andrew Montroy on March 14, 2012 at 12:26pm
Thanks Kathryn! What is your business? Would love to check it out!
Comment by Kathryn James on March 14, 2012 at 12:14pm

Good luck, let us know how it goes.  I don't know that I have a lot of input to offer.  I certainly didn't do any planning, so I'm no help there!

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