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Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Retail Location

I am thrilled to announce that LØVE Chocolate is now available at the Weaver Street Market Co-op! You can find it at both the Carrboro location and the Southern Village location . Expect to see me do a demo there sometime soon. Now I must rest a little, before starting some new flavors! More to come...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My double life.

I have a secret, and it's about to come out. If you were to come up to me on the street, you'd probably never know what I'm about to reveal. Then again, maybe you're very perceptive and you'd see right through my flimsy disguise. My secret? I'm very shy. I'd much prefer being alone or with a few close friends as opposed to in a group of new people. New people exhaust me. It's not that I dislike them, it's just that all the steps that one must take to meet a new person completely drain my energy. If you don't recall from your psychology class notes, this is the precise definition of an introvert.

By this point, we've established that being outgoing and assertive doesn't come naturally to me. It's too bad, since those are very key personality traits when running a business. I've had to develop those skills over time, and sometimes I think I'm just one furtive glance away from exposing myself for the introvert I really am. It's never really occurred to me that I wouldn't just overcome those tendencies. The big secret to entrepreneurship, as far as I see it, is just that. It doesn't matter what sort of obstacle stands in your way, you must realize that, for your business to thrive, there is a way around it.

That doesn't mean that every problem will be neatly solved, or that every idea you have can be done. Sometimes the way around an obstacle is realizing that it's an idea that won't work, and finding a new direction.

Friday, September 14, 2007

New Fall Flavors

Finally! They're here! Say goodbye to summer, because it's time for all things crisp and sweet. Sure, summer was a lot of fun, and nothing beats a cool, creamy Key Lime Cream in the middle of a hot August day. But now, the leaves are turning, the heat wave is over (and not a moment too soon), and without further comment, here are the new flavors for the season...

Candied Apple Caramel - soft, milk chocolate covered caramel made with fresh apple cider and bits of candied apple

Pumpkin Seed Toffee - crunchy toffee with toasted pumpkin seeds, half dipped in dark chocolate

Ginger Spice Buttercream - warm fall spices with the zing of candied ginger in smooth fondant blended with creamery butter in a white chocolate shell

Marzipan Squares – a perfectly candied almond nestled in sweet almond dough, covered in dark chocolate

Orange Apricot Cream – orange buttercream with a touch of Grand Marnier, blended with sweet, tangy apricot pieces, in a dark chocolate shell

They're available in several different collections, so click through to the store and buy yours today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Random Bits of Excitement

There are lots of exciting things happening at LØVE Chocolate. I'll be updating you in detail over the next few days, but I wanted to share them all at once, too.

1. There is a new retail location for buying my chocolate. In about a month, you'll be able to stop by the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, NC and pick up a box or ten. I'll even be there one day, meeting people and pushing product.

2. Construction is moving right along. This week, we put in the water line and the line to the septic tank, installed all the windows, and re-gravelled the drive. Pictures and stories to come.

3. New Fall Flavors are coming! By the end of the week, the seasonal chocolates will change. So if you've got a hankering for one more box of coconut creams, key lime creams, or banana creams, you'd better order before the 14th.

I'll post and update more tomorrow.