2012-10-26 / Business Review

Sweet Marguerites Opens its First Chocolate Café

LOCAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Sweet Marguerites Chocolate Café is the newest endeavor of the Swoboda family from South Portland. The family has been making and sharing handmade chocolates for six years out of their home-based production center. Last April, the Chocolate Café opened, offering chocolates, treats, espresso and coffee drinks, wi-fi and more.

The chocolate production has been moved to the Chocolate Café and the chocolates are made in the open. Customers can see, and smell, the chocolates being made. The Café also offers custom chocolate assortments that are not available at other retailers.

The company uses as many local ingredients as it can. Among other ingredients, the cream is from Smiling Hill Farm, the butter is from Vermont Butter and Cheese, and the sea salt is from the Gulf of Maine. The company also strives to be earth-friendly. In addition to recycling, the coffee grounds are composted. Customers are encouraged to pick up used coffee grounds for their gardens.

The Swobodas have plans for several events at the store. The Chocolate Café will be open until 8 pm on Halloween and they are inviting all their young friends and neighbors to trickor treat at the shop starting at 5 pm. Later in the year, classes in chocolate making will be offered as well.

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