|The original Devonport Chocolates range, |
photo taken when we took over the business in 1999.
While Devonport Chocolates was unfolding, my Mum Stephanie was feeling the need to end her long career in publishing. Stephanie mentioned to _ & _ that if the ever wanted to sell the business she would be interested, she could already see the potential of this exciting business if it has someone to focus on it. In 1999, Stephanie sat down for her first cup of tea of semi-retirement and the phone range Linda & Kay were selling Devonport Chocolates and would she be interested. Mum has never looked back. As a uni student my part-time job quickly became the family business and Mum and I found ourselves working together again, I didn't realise until today what a great circle for the business to have started off with a Mum and Daughter and to have ended up there too (plus a Dad and a brother in the mix too).
|Circa 2003, our little chocolate shop in Devonport|
|One of our earlier Christmas ranges, probably around 2000|
The first few years of owning Devonport Chocolates are a blur of late nights, early mornings and heaps and heaps of amazing staff. I remember dreaming decorating holly truffles after doing it for days on end one Christmas. We have had 2 complete re-brands, I've lost count of how many website rebuilds, hundreds of amazing staff, thousands of incredible customers from around the world and goodness knows how many new flavours.
There are two groups of people that have been essential to Devonport Chocolates.
The first group are the incredibly loyal Devonport locals. They were quick to adopt us as there own and proudly give a gift that was made in Devonport, a huge thank you to you all.
Our second group is our fabulous staff. We have had experienced chocolatiers who have shared their knowledge and trained our staff, we have had people who have started packing chocolates after school and haven't left until they finished uni, some have even since come back to work for us again. Our staff are passionate about our chocolates, they really care about every single one being an amazing experience for our customers and their standards are incredibly high.
So where to from here for Devonport Chocolates. We have been thrilled with the success of our bean to bar Samoan chocolate, and I'm incredibly proud of my Dad, this has been his baby for a couple of years now and we are looking at what else we can make with these beautiful beans we get from Nusi in Samoa. We never sit still for long so there are a few changes you will start seeing in Devonport Chocolates stores over the next few months as we keep racing forwards.