Hello I’m Grainne McGarvey and welcome to my column which spots local hidden gems from the world of beauty, health, fashion, tourism and hospitality. I will have my nose to the ground (quite literally) to keep you up to date about the new or interesting products and services from our neck of the woods. If you know one – get in touch on twitter @pulseprni or email email@example.com
SWEETS FOR MY SWEET
As Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, I felt inspired to try out some sweet treats, and being a self confessed chocoholic it is very easy to write about something I love. When on the hunt for a local chocolate brand, I came across a photo of a chocolate cowboy boot from Coleraine company, The Chocolate Manor, and knew I had a new obsession.
The company was set up in 2012 by Geri Martin, who like me has a love affair with chocolate, but she is lucky to make a business out of it. Her bespoke products are already going down a storm across the country; especially the shoes and cowboys boots – the latter would undoubtedly have been a hit with the Garth Brooks fans queuing for several hours for tickets – but maybe the less said about that the better!
Cowboy boot aside, there is definitely something for everyone – handbags, chocolate boards, high-top sneakers (I kid you not) and of course the corporate staple – chocolates with the specific company logo. What got my interest however, is the fact that Geri was able to print my face (well my g spots! logo) on some very delicious white chocolate. I’m not going to lie; it did feel a bit strange eating something that had a smiling picture of me on it, but it is definitely different and could make the perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone in your life.
The aim of The Chocolate Manor is to create unique pieces that are suited to the customer’s preference. Ok yes, so maybe you could say chocolate is chocolate, but in this case it is definitely the personal touch that makes The Chocolate Manor products just a little bit special – a hand delivery by the owner is not something you can usually count on these days, but it is a good way of keeping in touch with customers and making them feel their business is appreciated.
Maybe most importantly, how did the chocolate taste? I don’t want to spoil it as it is something to try for yourself, but just to tease you; it was a little bag of loveliness!
The Chocolate Manor is a cottage industry at its best – starting from the kitchen table, which is how so many local companies begin. Apparently there are plans to move to bigger premises to accommodate the growth in orders – and after tasting its yummy treats, I can definitely see why.
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