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.
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.
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.
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