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World Chocolate Day?!

Filed in Blog by on 8th July 2019 0 Comments • views: 131

We can’t quite believe that World Chocolate Day passed us by.

We had a rather hectic weekend with corporate orders, a hen party and a stall at the Mowgli Trust Dog Show!

We were over the moon to see so many of our regular followers at the Dog Show. Thank you for being such loyal supporters. We truly appreciate it.

We hope you did get to enjoy some delightful chocolate on World Chocolate day. I believe it was also world vegan day so we were really pleased that just by coincidence we had approved our vegan truffle… raspberry and coconut … very very scrumptious!

We’ll have it in our shop on Saturday 13th July of you fancy some!

 

Hope to see you soon – Bala

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Children’s Parties

Filed in No Category by on 15th June 2019 0 Comments • views: 133

We had our first children’s birthday party at the new unit today.

Frantic preparations took place as we waited the arrival of the birthday girl and 11 of her young friends and their parents.

We were delighted to work with the fabulous deli across the road from us, Boysenberry.  They put together a  fabulous children’s box for the party food and a platter of sandwiches for the parents.

The workshop went well and lots of questions were asked about the making of chocolate.

The children made a delightful selection of chocolate treats to wrap up and take away with them.

The birthday girl was very happy! 

Back to work!

Filed in No Category by on 11th June 2019 0 Comments • views: 120

Truffles

So those of you who follow us on facebook and instagram will have seen that we’ve been off on our holidays and spent time with family as well as seeing delightful patisseries and chocolateries in sunny Paris as well as having a lovely afternoon at the House of Lords with fellow Small Biz heroes and the small business charter.

Back to work now and we have workshops scheduled on 30th June for adults and children’s workshops for the summer holidays will be sorted this week.

Hope you have a fabulous week and rain doesn’t dampen your spirits too much!!

My trip to Downing Street

Filed in Blog, News, Our Gallery by on 30th December 2018 0 Comments • views: 343

 

 

On 28th November I was delighted to be heading to Downing Street.

I had been invited as a Small Business Champion by the Small Business Saturday Campaign to celebrate 5 years of the campaign.

I had been 2 years ago as part of the small business 100 for 2016.

Firstly I wasn’t sure I should go at such a busy time of year for the business… and then I thought “What an honour! I must go!”. So, after sorting out arrangements for work and childcare, I headed down to London, head buzzing with all the bits I needed to do when I got back. I texted my nephew about meeting him for a drink after he finished work and generally filled my time.

It wasn’t until I got to the gates of Downing Street and saw tourists taking pictures that I realised what a special occasion this was and how privileged I was to be invited.

We had the security checks and the staff at the gates were extremely polite and helpful… they even let me take my giant box of chocolates through.

The invitation this time was for 11 Downing St… it had been no. 10 two years ago!

I met other fellow business champions and we decided to have a few pictures in front of the famous door of no. 10 – alas, the police wouldn’t let me hold up my box of chocolates as it would have been seen as advertising!

We were then invited in to number 11 for a drinks and canapés reception. We had to leave our phones behind in little cubby holes and weren’t allowed to take any pictures whilst inside.

The building itself is beautiful and grand but not overwhelming. The staircase leading up to the reception room at no. 10 has beautiful portraits of previous prime ministers and I did wonder if it would be previous chancellors here.

It isn’t… it is covered with political cartoons, caricatures and engravings of past Chancellors of the Exchequer. It is a tradition that each Chancellor gets to choose the cartoon he wants to represent him.

The afternoon was spent enjoying the setting and chatting with other great small business owners and also meeting the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and the Secretary of state for health and social care,  Matt Hancock as well as representatives from supporting organisations such as Royal Mail, American Express, the Duke of Edinburgh’s iDEA program and many more.

We had speeches and photos and then the afternoon drew to a close.

It was a very special afternoon and it was delightful. Regardless of politics, everyone was respectful, polite and happy.

I was very glad that I had accepted the invitation and was truly honoured and grateful for being on this interesting small business journey.

As always, I am always thankful for all who support our little business.

 

The spirit of a small business

Filed in Blog by on 3rd December 2018 0 Comments • views: 282

What an amazing weekend we’ve had!

 

Thank you for coming out and supporting the community of local small businesses. It was so fabulous to see so many gorgeous lovely friendly people at the Open Culture Winter Arts Market and then Baltic Market on Sunday.

 

And really – it’s not just about the sales…

–  it’s about the young lady whose birthday we helped celebrate years ago. She came along on Sunday as an adult and said how great and memorable it had been;

– it’s about the elderly couple who take the bus to come in and see how we are doing every year as they’ve supported the business since we began;

– it’s about the children’s gorgeous happy little faces as they discover good chocolate for the first time;

– it’s about the couple whose wedding shot glasses we did who come and reminisce about it at our stall! – it’s about the fellow stall holders who become good friends and we all look out for each other;

– it’s about the organisers who put so much hard work in to make each event extra special!

I could really go on for hours but I think you get it … your lovely loyalty and your beautiful stories really touch our hearts. Thank you every one of you… we truly appreciate your love and support for our business.

The spirit of Small Business Saturday was truly captured this weekend!

Lets keep it going throughout the year!

#indieweek and #SmallBizSatUK views: 305

Last week we took part in an instagram challenge for #justacard. This was a campaign which highlighted the fact that every tiny purchase makes a difference to small businesses. The title of the campaign was inspired by a quote from an independent gallery owner after the closure of their gallery. “If everyone who’d complimented our […]

Chocolate Week is here! views: 326

National Chocolate Week is upon us again and we’re so happy to have a full week dedicated to the celebration of chocolate! During one of our tastings this week we were asked what it’s all about – why chocolate week? For us its always been about celebrating chocolate in its beautiful wondrous form and the […]

Heat and the effects on Chocolate views: 552

So … today I should really be in the Chocolate Room making shot glasses for La Finca Elvissa, La Finca Bodega and Tapas Tapas. Its a hot sunny day and as I am not yet in a temperature controlled industrial unit I am stuck! It is too warm to work with chocolate today. I do […]

Another thank you! views: 579

Once again I would like to thank everyone and anyone who has been kind enough to vote / nominate The Chocolate Cellar. I was so happy to have been listed in Good Taste Magazine’s Power List: 100 women in Food and Drink. It was amazing to see my name listed with many good friends in […]