Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe in in the Cross Pointe Center in Centerville is hosting an open house Monday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate 35 years in business.
Photo: FILE/Jim Witmer
Photo: FILE/Jim Witmer

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe to celebrate 35 years with open house, special offers

Candy store spent its first 15 years in Bellbrook before moving to Cross Pointe Centre in 1999

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe has successfully navigated a difficult and competitive Dayton-area retail candy market for 35 years, and the multiple generations of the family-owned business have decided it’s time to celebrate.

The chocolate shop, located in the Cross Pointe Centre at 101 E. Alex-Bell Road, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 to celebrate 35 years in business and offer special prices on its hand-dipped chocolates. 

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The store will offer 35 percent off its original Bellbrook Chocolates: five creams (buttercream, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut and maple); two caramels (plain and pecan); and two flavors of fudge (chocolate and peanut butter).

“We are hoping people will come and enjoy a sample of our chocolate and share their stories and memories,” co-owner Laura Blose said.

This year also marks the 5th anniversary of Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe’s second location in the 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton.

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Today, Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe is owned by co-founder Betty Blose and her son and daughter-in-law, Marshall and Laura Blose.

Betty Blose founded Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe in 1984 in the heart of Bellbrook, and moved the business to the Cross Pointe Centre in Centerville in 1999. She decided to keep the “Bellbrook” name despite the change in zip code. Marshall and his wife Laura joined the company in 2000.

One distinguishing component of Bellbrook Chocolate’s candy is its use of a single blend of light and dark chocolate in all of its chocolate candies. Betty Blose created the blend at the urging of her late husband, and it is designed to bridge the divide between light-chocolate enthusiasts and dark-chocolate lovers.

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The shop’s products now include Aunt Laura’s Shortbread Cookies and  other specialty items.

The company has found ways to adapt, survive and grow for three-and-a-half decades, but its owners have never wanted to become too big. 

“We don’t want to mass-produce,” said Marshall Blose, who oversees candy production. “When we say our chocolates are made by hand, we’re not kidding.”

For more information on the open house or about Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe, go to www.facebook.com/bellbrookchocolateshoppe

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe in the Cross Pointe Shopping Center in Centerville was voted the winner of the Dayton.com Best of 2016 “Hidden Gem” award. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

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