Hi! My name is Maria Valente and I am the owner of Chocolations, an artisan chocolate shop in Mamaroneck, NY.
I have owned a shop for 10 years. We have received national recognition as well from the New York Times and The Today Show.
Having a chocolate shop was the fulfillment of a long-time dream to own my own business. Chocolate was my hobby and passion while my children were little. I built my business from home afraid to make that leap to brick and mortar. I thought I should take a more conventional route so I attended and graduated from law school. Those were some crazy years, I would attend classes while my children were in school, then rush home to pick them up and bring them to soccer practice. I would sit on the sidelines studying and FREEZING wishing a truck would drive up to me with coffee or hot cocoa. Well, now, with your help, I can make that happen.
My vision is to have a gourmet, visually pleasing, eco friendly vehicle carrying hot coffee, hot cocoa, snacks and of course, my chocolate drive right up to to fields where the moms and dads are. Our reputation for fine quality chocolate and being very community minded has made us a mainstay in the community and beyond.
For the past ten years we have sponsored a local soccer team and it has always bothered me that the parents have local place to get their treats from and instead you will see hundreds of parents holding a cold cup of coffee from a national chain…who does not support the local teams! With your help we can get this show on the road!
All of the money we raise will be used for the vehicle, the equipment, the supplies, insurance, advertising, regulatory fees and hiring an employee.