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Meet David Griffin, Pamela and Richard Gemme of Chocolate Therapy in Framingham

Today we’d like to introduce you to David, Pamela and Richard.

David, Pamela and Richard – please share your story with us.
Chocolate Therapy was created in 2011, after we decided to leave corporate America and do something for ourselves. After looking at several small business franchise options, we decided to put to use our experience in retail and manufacturing which led us to chocolate. With our passion for food, we went into this with the thought of creating a wonderful and unique chocolate experience. Today, we have over 50 wholesale clients in the Boston metro area and have expanded into some national brands. Our Framingham headquarters is where all the magic happens. You can visit our store on Route 9 where we serve, all of our handcrafted confections, beverages, locally roasted coffee and locally produced ice creams. In addition, we have an event space for chocolate birthday parties, chocolate making classes, wine & chocolate tastings and team building events.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Owning a small business is never a smooth road. There are always wins and losses. It is important to have a vision, business plan and capital. One of the main things is patience and the will to keep going. It takes time to build any brand. In addition, working round the clock with your spouse has its own set of challenges :)-

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Chocolate Therapy – what should we know?
We have expanded our business not only into retail, but special events and wholesale.

We offer kids birthday parties, girl scout chocolate making programs and chocolate making classes. Other popular events are the wine and chocolate tastings and team building programs. Our chocolate is carried in many local and national brands, including The Boxer Hotel, Boston Intercontinental Hotel, TJX brand stores and Winston Flowers.

Our chocolate collection reflects our passion for interesting flavors and healthier eating.

We produce small batch, handcrafted artisan chocolates. Many flavors focus on therapeutic ingredients that include pomegranate and dark chocolate, cayenne, bay leaf and cinnamon, lavender, honey and sage along with an array of many difference spices.

We also have traditional favorites of dark, milk and white chocolate confections.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
We have been very fortunate to have a loyal following of customers and supporters. Our children played a role in helping us get the business off the ground and continue to support us today. We have many friends who have invested in the business over the years and continue to support us today. We were lucky to have been mentored by friends in the chocolate business as well. We have an incredibly talented Chocolatier, Rick Gemme, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY. A great staff that has continued to remain with since the start of the business.

Pricing:

  • Truffles and confections range from $1.90 to $2.50
  • Events range from $25.00 to $110.00

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