Stein said the business offers chocolate and candy for sale, on-site parties and workshops, and custom corporate products.
Chocolate Works of Bellmore-Merrick has 12 employees, Stein said. Some are party specialists, and others are chocolatiers. The chocolate for the truffles, molds, bars and chocolate-covered items is placed in two, 200-pound melting pots. One is used for milk chocolate and the other for dark.
Levenberg said that children can try the chocolate-making machinery during scout and youth group trips. The shop also has two rooms for birthday parties, “ladies night out” programs and other workshops.
Flyers about available programs can be found in the store. Levenberg said customers can also look out for more information about an upcoming series of workshops in 2014 on the shop’s Facebook page, “Chocolate Works of Bellmore Merrick.”
When customers enter the store, they are offered samples of the Chocolate Works signature truffle. Stein said there will be plenty more samples at the grand opening on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the spirit of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the shop is offering “golden tickets” that entitle customers to a tour of the shop. Attendees will also get the chance to make chocolate-covered Oreos, pretzels and graham crackers, and decorate their own chocolate molds. And there will be raffle prizes.
Children who come to the grand opening can have their faces painted and will receive balloons. And Santa Claus will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Levenberg and Stein said they decided to add a holiday element to their grand opening because not only do they have gifts available for shoppers with various budgets, but also they want to bring the community together at a joyous time of the year.
“We feel like our store is a real feel-good, happy place to come,” Stein said. “The holidays are about bringing joy.”
Beyond the grand opening, Levenberg and Stein said they look forward to building relationships with schools, religious organizations and community groups that might want to celebrate a holiday or event with chocolate.