Welcome to the new week! Monday was a packed day for me. A good way to start the week: full and busy. Get’s you motivated for the rest of the week, slacking is not even an option because there is so much to be done. I get a strange enjoyment from prioritizing. Suddenly watching “The Last Picture Show” with Cybill Shepherd becomes a lesser item on the To Do list. I wonder when it is due back to the library…
Saturday was the grand opening of the Seattle Chocolates retail store. In celebration of 20 years in business they threw an opening party complete with numerous samples, gifts for the first 100 people in line, and even a few celebrity appearances.
People were outside in the cold with their Starbucks waiting in line over an hour before the doors opened. We asked why they were there so early, everyone cheered “CHOCOLATE!” and of course, free gifts. There was even a group of about 20 people from a nearby furniture shop who had convinced their boss that their Saturday morning meeting location should be relocated to the Seattle Chocolates line. They contained some very enthusiastic chocolate lovers.
Seattle Chocolates is all about their chocolate. Jean Thompson, Owner of Seattle Chocolates, believes that women love chocolate and so chocolate should be made for women to treat themselves and enjoy at all times. The packaging is the most amazing chocolate packaging I’ve ever seen. There is not too much brown, pink, and gold. It is about personality and beauty when it comes to these chocolate wrappers. Each flavor has a creatively designed pattern and color combination. There are greens, blues, yellows, purples, reds, and many more. Jean says that while the Sea Salt is her current favorite flavor, she would probably decorate her bedroom in the wrapper from coconut chocolate.
The whole experience was very Willy Wonka-esque. Suddenly, I had a golden Ticket and was on a once in a lifetime tour of an amazing chocolate paradise. Okay, so there wasn’t a chocolate waterfall or any geese who laid golden eggs, but the snozberries definitely tasted like snozberries and everyone felt like the luckiest kids in the world.
When you first enter the store, you are greeted and given a chance to take your photo with “The Captain of the Chocolate Ship,” Jean. Then you are encouraged to try every one of the 20 truffle flavors from traditional mint and dark chocolate to Mimosa and Apple Tini. Then you are ushered through a doorway that opens to a room filled with every type of chocolate imaginable. Bars of chocolate, more truffles, boxes filled with chocolate, samples everywhere, and helpful Seattle Chocolates employees anxious to help you find that perfect fit for you or a friend. I saw many people gathering stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.
And everyone left with a huge smile on their face vowing to come back again soon.
The experience was fantastic. It was magical. It was friendly. It was chocolately. Thank you so much Seattle Chocolates!
I wish I hadn’t devoured all of the chocolate that I got from the event so quickly. I guess it is time for me to start writing my letter to Santa…
This year I would like a stocking filled with Chocolate. But not just any chocolate, Seattle Chocolates Chocolate. I would also like a raspberry dark chocolate bar and…”