New chocolate shop owner offers sweet giftsWritten by Autumn Lee | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Schakolad Chocolate Factory at Levis Commons in Perrysburg — known for its handmade European-style chocolates — is offering items capturing the spirit of the season with chocolate cornucopias, Christmas trees and snowmen. That’s in addition to its assortment of chocolates available in nearly 80 varieties and chocolate that can be crafted into almost any shape using one of more than 4,000 molds.
Gordon Ebright, who took ownership of the Perrysburg location in October, said chocolate is a universal gift that is “always the right size, the right color and you don’t have to take it back.”
When customers visit the shop, Ebright starts off by offering them a sample of chocolate from one of the shop’s mixing machines. With several options to choose from, he said staff members can then offer suggestions and ask questions to help customers make a selection.
All the products are made on the premises, except the sugar-free chocolates, Ebright said. Products offered at Schakolad are fresh and do not contain preservatives. The chocolates are typically sold within two weeks. The goal is to have them sold within 30 days.
Ebright said he is “selling happiness in the form of chocolate.” And that happiness at Schakolad comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Customers can have their chocolate take the form of a car, musical instrument, football, rose or even a high-heeled shoe. Those items can also be customized to meet the customers’ needs. Colors can be added to the chocolate or a unique message can be applied.
Chocolate gifts celebrating weddings, anniversaries, the purchase of a new home and a newborn baby are also available on site.
“Pretty much anything you have an event for … we have it,” Ebright said.
Those shopping for clients and colleagues with a sweet tooth may want to check out Schakolad’s ability to incorporate logos on “business card” chocolates.
For holiday sales items, Ebright said customers can visit www.schakolad.com.
Gift wrapping is available for customers visiting the shop.
Schakolad is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The shop is closed on Sundays.
For more information, visit the Web site listed above or call (419) 873-1600.