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First Timer Box

People often walk in to the store for the first time and ask whats good or what should I try? “Everything” really isn’t too helpful so we thought we’d put together the first timer box – a collection of the must tries. What do you think should be in it? http://ow.ly/i/jU97

Fall Flavors

Fall Flavors

As you likely know we typically have 18 different truffle flavors in the candy case.  Usually 4 or 5 five of those we switch out for the season.  Some you see every year – like pumpkin or the soon to arrive creme de menthe.

Others are new experiments created out of great ideas we’ve seen or requests from customers.   This fall we have six seasonal flavors – many of which are completely new to our lineup.  For those who want to try one of each we created the six piece fall box.

We’ll be telling you more about each over the next two weeks, but until then here they are:

Black Cherry,  Black Garlic,  Chai Tea, PB&J, Pumpkin, Tangerine & Coconut

Hospice & Palliative Care – Nonprofit Benefit Day – July 27

As you have probably heard by now Davidson Chocolate Co. is donating 40% of store sales each Wednesday for the next four Wednesdays.  Today’s nonprofit in Davidson is Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman and in Dilworth it is Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  So I thought I’d take a minute and share a little of why Hospice?

For us, Hospice has always been the organization that was there when we had loved ones passing away, specifically my grandfather.  To me, that’s one of the interesting things about the group.  You’ve probably heard of it but may not really know what they do until you’ve relied on them.  I think their website says it pretty well: “Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide treatment and support for those with a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less if the illness takes its expected course. Hospice care seeks to enable patients to live a symptom and pain-free life so that their remaining time may be spent with dignity and quality at home or in a home-like setting.”

I have a rule that every time I start a sentence with “On NPR today” I give a dollar to NPR.  (I do the same for every time I sit in the driveway listening and waiting to hear the end of a story.)  So NPR, I owe you a dollar.  Earlier this week on NPR I was listening to a story that was discussing palliative care - which means I finally know what it is.  Palliative is the treatment of symptoms to minimize pain and maximize the comfort of the patient.  Hospice excels in palliative care, but places equal importance on dealing with emotional and spiritual pain.  As they say, hospice treats the person, not the disease.  They also focus and care for the family of the patient. 

Offering everything from routine home care to short-term inpatient care Hospice serves our community in so many ways.  I’d urge you to learn more:  http://www.hospiceatcharlotte.com/patients-info-hospice-care.cfm

And, if you’re so inclined eat some chocolate, enjoy some ice cream, and support our local Hospice & Palliative care groups today!

 

Nonprofit Benefit Days – Summer 2011

Davidson Chocolate Co. Nonprofit Benefit Days Return and Expand
Eating chocolate for the Greater Good, summer 2011
While Davidson Chocolate Co. is thankful for a business that brings happiness to people’s lives on a daily basis – one where a piece of chocolate or an ice cream cone can make a bad day good, we recognize there are needs in our community that can’t be solved with something sweet. To show gratitude for our community and to help support the organizations that work day in and day out to make Davidson and Charlotte a great place to live for all, this summer Davidson Chocolate Co. will designate four Wednesdays Nonprofit Benefit Days when 40% of sales will be donated to the day’s designated nonprofit.  We are thrilled to build on the success of the 2010 series in Davidson while expanding it to the Dilworth store and Charlotte area nonprofits for 2011.    
Participating non profits include:

Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman (July 27 – Davidson); Davidson Housing Coalition (August 3 – Davidson); Ada Jenkins Center (August 10 – Davidson); Lake Norman YMCA (August 17 – Davidson).  

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (July 27 – Dilworth); YWCA Central Carolinas (August 3 – Dilworth); Urban Ministries (August 10 – Dilworth); Harris YMCA (August 17 – Dilworth).

40% of day’s gross sales will be donated to the designated nonprofit (corporate/ bulk/custom/wedding orders are excluded).

Davidson Chocolate Co. is open 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and is located in Davidson at 610 Jetton St (704-896-7245) and in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte at 1235 East Blvd (704-817-9314).  Detailed information on the event and participating nonprofits are available at http://www.davidsonchocolate.com/benefitdays.

The Chocolate Covered Wine Bottle

The chocolate covered wine bottle.  “How does that work?” One of the most common questions people ask when they stop in Davidson Chocolate Co.

It’s pretty simple .  It starts with a love of wine and chocolate – both great on their own – even better together.    You pick out the bottle at your favorite wine shop or the Harris Teeter next door and bring it to one of Davidson Chocolate’s stores (Dilworth and Davidson).  From there, we wrap it in a layer of clear cello and cover it in your choice of dark or milk chocolate.  Next its decorated with white chocolate and wrapped in a final layer of cello before being finished with a ribbon.

When you go to enjoy, unwrap the outer layer of cello and pull the inner layer which shatters the chocolate shell from the bottle.  Uncork the wine, pour a glass, and enjoy with the chocolate.

Customers have loved them as hostess gifts, engagement celebrations, Tuesday night distractions … the list goes on.  We have also done some mini champagne bottles covered in chocolate as wedding favors or table decorations for the reception.  So if you were thinking, “chocolate or wine, chocolate or wine?”, the answer is easy: both. together.

It is a tough life.

We all know the importance of market research.  Critical to any business plan is knowing your customers and the competition.  When you sell chocolate and ice cream knowing the competition is a pretty fun task.  This afternoon in an attempt to learn what the going rate for ice cream is in the area I had to face some pretty tough decisions: one scoop or two? Peanut butter cup or chocolate swirl?  Rest assured; I survived.