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Week one – 2012

Filed in Blog by on 8th January 2012 0 Comments • views: 1630

Well what a week we’ve had!

Firstly, from the very bottom of my heart, I would really like to thank everyone for their kind words and support on the closure of the shop.

It is wonderful to have so much goodwill around us and the blessing of so many people. The Chocolate Cellar Team are truly honoured.

We are now looking forward and planning themes and events for for the future.

I have been invited to Radio Merseyside for a chat tomorrow morning on The Breakfast Programme about the business and how businesses need to keep constantly changing and re-inventing themselves – especially in this economic climate. I am really looking forward to that as I really want people to understand that although the closure of the shop is certainly not a cause for celebration, it really is a positive step that we are taking to enable the business to move forward.

This week really has been a step in the right direction as we have been busy with taking bookings for Wedding Cakes at The Wedding House , bookings for workshops with Leaf Tea Bar, The Brink and Claremont Farm as well as dealing with online orders.

I do feel like I have been hibernating since Christmas Eve, but now feel wide awake and ready to move forward. I have made lots and lots of notes on what I would like to do this year.

I thought I would make a “to do” list instead of resolutions. So, I have an exciting list of all that I individually and we as a business would wish to do. I am hoping to achieve all of these, but even if half of these items are completed, it is going to be a fabulous 2012.

On that note, I would like to wish everybody a very Happy 2012 and hope that this year has started off well for them.

Hope we’ll see you at either Woolton or Wirral Farmers market on Saturday. Remember to e-mail us if you would like to order anything for collection!

Bala

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Announcement

Filed in Blog, News, Newsletter, Press Release by on 28th December 2011 0 Comments • views: 1921

As a business that moves with the times and works in a flexible and dynamic manner, The Chocolate Cellar has made the decision to move out of its Hanover Street premises.

This decision has been a difficult one. The building lends itself beautifully to the artisan nature of the business. We have wonderful customers who we also see as friends who use this location as a special meeting place.

We do however see our strengths in creating new and exciting chocolates and products and taking our chocolate experience out to people and have made the decision that this is the way forward for us.

This means that we will be able to focus more of our “quiet” time into developing new products and recipes. During the busy periods we will be out at events and markets with our delightful goodies. We will also be running pop up shops during the busy periods and details of these will be sent out via our newsletter and published on our website as well as being announced on Facebook and Twitter.

Our next markets are being held in Woolton Village and New Ferry, both on 14th January from 9am.  Further details of markets we attend are attached.

Details of our whereabouts will always be available on our website and also on our Facebook page.

The Hanover Street experience has been wonderful and I would like to thank everyone on behalf of The Chocolate Cellar Team for sharing that experience with us and being such good friends of the business. We do hope that you will continue to support us in our new format and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Bala

 

 

Chocolate

We are regulars at the following markets and items can be ordered over the phone or by e-mail and picked up at these markets:

Woolton Farmers Market – runs 2nd Saturday of every month – next market – 14th January

Wirral Farmers Market – runs 2nd Saturday of every month – next market – 14th January

Lark Lane Farmers Market – runs 4th Saturday of every month – next market – 28th January

Allerton Road Farmers Market is a pilot scheme which we have participated in and if it goes ahead will be running on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Hoylake Food Fair – run on an adhoc basis – usually once every six months

Wirral Food and Drink Festival – August Bank Holiday

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival – 1st weekend in September

We have been spending some time on improving our online shop and are still doing so. Our products will continue to be available online.

In addition to this, a number of our products are available from Claremont Farm Shop, Roses Tearooms, Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Lady Lever Galleries. We are speaking to other outlets about stocking our items as well.

Workshops

We will continue to run our workshops offsite in partnership with a number of venues including Leaf Tea Bar and Claremont Kitchens. Anyone with a voucher or anyone wishing to book a workshop can contact us as normal on 0151 200 2202 or e-mail us on chocshop@thechocolatecellar.co.uk

Celebrations and Weddings

A selection of our cakes and celebration chocolatescan be viewed at The Wedding House, 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 7AG. Consultations can be arranged here.

Hot Chocolate

Our hot chocolate can be enjoyed at Junction Coffee and also our “Pop up Chocolate Cellar Experiences” which will be held on special occasions or can be booked as a party! The next experience will coincide with Valentine’s Day…. details to follow soon.

 

Changes at The Chocolate Cellar

Filed in Blog by on 13th November 2011 0 Comments • views: 1506

Following on from a very busy Christmas last year, and the high demand for our chocolates we have decided to make more room at our Hanover Street Shop to enable customers to view and purchase our full chocolate range.

As a result we have made the decision to suspend our hot chocolate cafe until Christmas. We will also be closing on Mondays and Tuesdays to allow staff to make the stock in order to meet demand.

We do hope that you will find our new Christmas Chocolate Shop exciting and look forward to sharing the experience with you.

We will also be bringing our chocolate out to you as we are attending a number of events and markets between now and Christmas.

Details of these events will be published on our Website and also on our Facebook and Twitter Feeds.

We do take a limited range to markets so if there is something that you would like to order and collect at the markets this can be arranged in advance with us. Please call, e-mail or message us on Facebook to arrange this.

Thank you for your continued support.

Bala

Nominations invited for Mad Hatters Tea Party

Filed in Blog by on 7th July 2011 0 Comments • views: 3699

Come on folks! Wewant youto nominate achild who youthink really deserves a treatto attend our Mad Hatters Tea Party.

We are running the Tea Party to launch our Mad Hatters Theme for the Summer Holidays.

The Tea Party will be held on 25th July, and children chosen from nominations from the public will be invited to attend the party.

 

The Tea Party will be an amazing experience for each child. The Mad Hatter will be present to host the party. Each child will have their face painted and then participate in chocolate making, a special interactive story time and a special party picnic prepared by the Chocolate Cellar Team.

You are invited to nominate a child aged between 6 and 14. The nomination is to include the childs name, their age, parent or guardians contact details and the reason for the nomination. Nominations can be sent to our shop by post or by email . Closing date for nominations is 15th July. Parents/ guardians of the chosen children will receive an invitation to the party by 18th July.

The Mad Hatters Theme throughout the summer holidays will be a fun experience for children. There will be tea parties, chocolate making workshops and also a childrens and adults Chocoholics Delight, our very own version of a High Tea. Details of each event will be published on the our website.

We have had so much fun planning this party and theme and are now really looking forward to seeing all of our customers (young and old) enjoying it!!!

 

Inspiration

Filed in Blog by on 25th May 2010 0 Comments • views: 1475

What is it that inspires us? I know my inspiration for The Chocolate Cellar was firstly the story Chocolat sometimes when feeling a distinct lack of inspiration I do turn to the film. I come away completely enthused and full of vigour. Im not sure how much of that is to do with Johnny Depp 😉

Last Friday, I was invited to attend the Inspiring Women Awards. All of the women nominated were absolutely amazing. Not only was I inspired by them, I was totally humbled by each and every one of them. Their achievements were nothing to do with wanting to win awards, but were a way of life that they had adopted – a lifestyle choice that they had made. Wow!A week later I attended a storytelling session with Martin King which was fabulous. Until then I hadnt really understood Storytelling as an art form. Wanting to learn more, I decided to attend the first meeting of the Mouth of the Mersey club.The club has just been started and was a gathering of established Storytellers as well as curious newcomers like me!It was an unusual evening and quite often I found myself pondering why I had attended and why i was enjoying it. A variety of stories were told. As well as being entertaining, they were interesting, sad, thought-provoking and funny. It was a great honour to attend a storytelling session with the nations first Laureate for storytelling, Taffy Thomas. It was also an honour to see his amazing TaleCoat and hear his own personal story. I was once again inspired.
The really interesting thing for me is that at both these events, it was not just the people at the front who inspired me and filled me with enthusiasm and va va voom … it was also the people alongside me Molly, Geraldine, Liz, Gwen, Judith. I realise that when I look around and allow my mind to listen that inspiration is all around me. It sounds so obvious (and a little corny) but sometimes it is the obvious that is so hard to see.

I find inspiration in my environment, my friends, my children, my colleagues and the many people that we meet in the shop. Sometimes, just their smiles are an inspiration.

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