Thank you for coming back; this is our eleventh installment of Vendor Highlights, where we dive in and explore a different vendor each week, allowing you to learn more about them and discover their story and some hidden gems. Today, we would like you to have a glimpse at the story behind The Chocolate Factory:
The Chocolate Factory, a local haven for exquisite chocolate creations, pours its heart and soul into crafting daily joys, ensuring top-notch quality for its beloved customers. Now, let’s uncover the captivating story interwoven with each chocolate.
It all began when Ron and Pat craved a fresh adventure and embarked on a new journey. Drawing upon their previous business understanding, they sensed the time was right for something new. In 1986, fate smiled at them as they discovered the perfect location in St. Mary’s. The allure of chocolate ignited their entrepreneurial spirit, leading them to establish a business dedicated solely to this sweet passion.
Their initial location marked the birth of the sweet empire. With unwavering dedication, they cultivated a loyal clientele; all the while, Ron skillfully managed both his original job and this newfound chocolate venture. In 1990, their undeniable success called for growth. The natural choice was the bustling heart of Downtown London, nestled within the Covent Garden Market.
The Chocolate Factory, with its timeless allure, continues to captivate a faithful following. Ron says he remembers when parents would bring their children to come and enjoy some chocolate, to now, those children return as adults, still seeking the array of treats they offer.
For Ron, this journey is an indulgence in more ways than one. He confesses that a piece of chocolate is his daily ritual, a testament to his deep-seated passion for this business. About seven years ago, the torch was passed down to their daughter, Liz. While the dynamic duo still graces us with their presence occasionally, Liz now steers the Chocolate Factory’s ship.
Vendor highlights are all about shining a spotlight on the heart and soul of each vendor and learning more about the who, the what and the why around their story. If you’ve enjoyed this journey, join us again next week for another vendor and a new highlight as we continue celebrating the outstanding contributors that make our Market a genuinely magical place.