July 5, 2006
I am a young Chocolatier in California(USA). I have the dream of opening a Chocolate shop in the United states that doesn't make chocolates but only sells premium quality chocolate from around the world. So Only Bars of Chocolate! With all the new health reports coming out about chocolate I think it could be a good time, and with all the flavors of different single origin Bars I really think this could catch on.
Does anyone know of any shops that actually do this? all the ones I know of in the United states make Chocolates* but dont are distributors of many single origin high quality couvertures. If anyone knows of any shops like that I would love to hear of them....
Have a good one everybody,
July 4, 2006
The chocolate shop I rely on in Pittsburgh carries all of the major Euro brands (Domori, Amedei, Valrhona, Pralus, and many more...) and also the American names (Recchiuti, Guittard). Also, Jacques Torres and other local or interesting chocolates.
In addition to the purist bars, they carry "chocolates" (candy bars etc) from around the world, serve real hot choco (winter), hold occassional tastings and serve gelati.
Here are directions:
I keep thinking that a "Starbucks" for choco will come along and make the real thing more popular. This will make it "OK" to spend $5 on a 75g bar and shops like the one you are proposing will proliferate.
Consider selling your single origin selection much like a wine shop with descriptions and favorites, etc. The public will need to be educated!
Best of luck.
August 5, 2006
I'm sharing a very similar dream to open the same business (selling top-bars) over at my place. It's a new idea AFAIK, but I also do believe there should be some business possibilities.
IMHO for now stores are still making profit mainly upon their sweets and pralines (neuhaus, marcolini ea...). So I do believe a lot in educating as jh901 mentions.
What are your current ideas and next feelings ?
keep in touch! :)
July 5, 2006
December 12, 2005
Similarly to the shop mentioned by jh901 I think all major European cities have shops around. In Budapest, my hometown, they started to mushroom in the last two years, but they all carry drinks like hot chocolate and coffee as well as pralines beside the bars of chocolate. Usually they have a lounge, too.
It was also amazing to see how chocolate bars and shops started to appear and become trendy in Milan and to see their number almost doubling in Paris! So you keep your finger at the artery right now!
The nice idea of selling only bars is somewhat realized in Vienna in the shop Xocolat (www.xocolat.at) with a great success for over some years. There is a vast number of bars (over 140 types to my knowledge). However they also carry pralines. They have a journal, a club and they do other things as well to keep the clients educated and informed. We in Hungary love wine, so there are also some boutiques selling only wine and chocolate.
August 11, 2006
Hi Robert, In San Francisco on Market St. there is a shop called Fog City News that sells newspapers, cigs and has a HUGE variety of fine chocoalte bars from around the world. You name they should have it. Also check out http://www.chocoshpere.com they sell many fine chocolates too.
Sometimes chocolate really can solve all your problems
August 5, 2006
I'm a true dark bar amateur, friends rather think I'm a freak ;-) Pralines and so have never been my cup of tea. When I was young I discovered the wonderfull differences in all the cacao bean variaties. So for some years I've been looking for worldwide flavours but they are not available over here in Belgium. Whenever I'm abroad, I try to catch onto the good bars like Cluizel, Amadei, etc... But I still have to learn a lot.
I'm jealous on anyone working in the chocolate business, while I myself currently am a creative/interactive director in Belgium's finest advertising agency. However maybe someday, sometime, someplace I will join the chocolate forces? Who will tell :)
For now I'm researching on any chocolate related topic, and I really feel 'home' here at seventypercent.com (great name bw)
And what about you ?
October 24, 2005
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