Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bottle Hill Day 2009 - Madison NJ

When we decided to open our Chocolate Shoppe, the goal was to open the doors a couple of days before the Madison, NJ town festival called Bottle Hill Day. With rain expected for the day, we did not know how the day would turn out. We setup a booth out in front of the shoppe and decided to give out mini chocolate covered pretzels. With all the people stopping by to visit us (the rain held off), we gave out over 400 small pretzels in just under 2 hours. We also had so many visitors that many of our friends could not make it into the shoppe that day as there was a continuous line out the door. When the day was over, we were very happy and tired having completed over 380 register transactions that day. It was a wonderful event for us to announce to Madison, NJ that there was now a chocolate shoppe in the area.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Types of Chocolate Available

We are proud to offer the following varieties of Chocolate -

Nut-Free: Gourmet chocolates, from Vermont Nut Free, that are safe for those with any tree nut or peanut allergy. Not only are the ingredients nut-free, so it the complete manufacturing process.

Sugar-Free: We carry a few lines of sugar-free chocolate from Godiva, Rose City Chocolatier, Asher's, Dove, Hershey's, among others. Some of the chocolate contains Maltitol and/or Lactitol as the sugar substitute. If there is enough demand, we would be happy to add additional brands. Please let us know what you would like us to add. 

Organic:  We offer many brands of Organic Chocolate with one of the more well known being Green & Black.  "Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones."as quoted by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). 

Vegan: Vegan chocolate is made without the use of animal products of any kind, without sacrificing flavor or the commitment to all natural and fresh ingredients. The sugar used in making these fine vegan chocolates is processed from the sugar beet, and no animal products are used in processing or filtering the sugar.  One brand that we offer is Rose City Chocolatier.

Kosher: Chocolate products that conform to Jewish dietary laws.

Madison NJ - Chocolate Links

These Links we feel are worth visiting:

If you love Madison, NJ; shop Madison.
The Chocolate Rose Shoppe listing on
Our Web listing on the Madison Borough website.
An Internet TV Channel for the Borough of Madison, NJ.

Your Neighborhood News Online - Our Listing
MadisonPatch - Online Community - Our Listing

Our listing - we sell Gluten Free Chocolate
Craft Chocolate Makers of America.
The Fine Chocolate Industry Association.

FAAN The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Friday, September 25, 2009

Our Elegant Shoppe Window

Sue created our elegant window using an antique bench, antique chocolate tins, a favorite family teddy bear with a hand knitted sweater and chocolate wrappers showing the chocolate/candy that we sell in our shoppe.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Chocolate Rose Shoppe - Opening Day

After six weeks of research, planning, town approvals, painting, carpentry, lighting design work, deciding on what chocolate to order, sign design, computer setup, inventory and pricing, ..... we took the brown paper off the store front window on September 24th and opened the door to our Chocolate Shoppe. It was an amazingly fun learning experience for all six of us. Within 20 minutes, we had our first customer. Family and friends came by to see us. After all the hard work, we were finally open for business.