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We are a local couple hoping to keep the doors open at a beloved Cleveland Heights chocolate business to continue serving the community
We are a local couple hoping to keep the doors open at a beloved Cleveland Heights chocolate business to continue serving the community
We are a local couple hoping to keep the doors open at a beloved Cleveland Heights chocolate business to continue serving the community
201 backers pledged $62,893 to help bring this project to life.

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Keep Mitchell's Chocolates Open

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Mitchell's Fine Chocolates first opened its doors in 1939 in Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, OH. Back then, it truly was a village. People in the area walked to the store, patronized the candy counter, and took their treats next door to the Heights Theater. Children from Coventry Elementary would race over after school to see the shop owner and his wife, Chris and Penelope Mitchell, who offered chocolate sold by the ounce, old fashioned popcorn, nuts, or other treats.

Read more about the history of Mitchell's here. 

Fast forward to 2016, and a resurgence in local products and local pride. The current business owner, Bill Mitchell, is hoping to retire, and has been searching tirelessly for an entrepreneur who would cherish the family name and traditions, and carry on the chocolate making business for another 75+ years. Many suitors came to discuss business, but Bill has chosen us to carry on the family legacy and maintain business as usual. Bill will continue to work side by side with us for the next several years, helping us to deliver fine chocolates and confections to the Cleveland Heights community and beyond for generations to come.

Our main goal is to continue delivering candies, truffles, and caramels in the Mitchell's tradition that the community has come to love. In addition to increasing marketing and social media presence, we plan to stay open later on the Fridays and Saturdays, host wine pairings with local businesses, streamline the website and online store, and continue to develop and expand our product line.

With your support, we can maintain cash flow for the business to hopefully keep the doors open for at least another 3 generations.

Risks and challenges

We do not anticipate any major roadblocks. Construction along Lee Rd. for a street improvement and beautification project may slow business more than usual during the summer months due to accessibility.

Our main piece of equipment (the chocolate enrober) may be due for maintenance within the next 6-8 months, which is a large sum of money for routine tune up and repair.

A large outlay of these funds will be spent on boxes and raw materials. Bill has been winding down business with the anticipation of closing, and we simply want to make sure that we have enough materials to meet demand.

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    Every bit helps! Thank you for helping us reach our goal. Every backer at this level and above will receive their name on display at Mitchell's Fine Chocolates in Cleveland Heights.

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    We are so grateful! In appreciation of your donation, please stop by our Cleveland Heights location for a complimentary 4-piece handmade chocolate assortment.

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    Thanks for helping support us! In appreciation, you'll get one Mitchell's Chocolate Bar of your choice (Intense Bittersweet, Signature Dark, or Silky Smooth Milk), available for pick up at our Cleveland Heights location

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    For your support, you'll get our famous 6 Piece Truffle Assortment, available for pick up at our Cleveland Heights location

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    Tickets for two to an exclusive wine pairing and chocolates happy hour in conjunction with The Wine Spot. (Date TBD)

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    Get a behind the scenes look at production! You and a guest can relive your Lucy & Ethel fantasy by taking an exclusive tour of the chocolate making facilities, with a special take home chocolate gift. (Dates TBD)

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    Host a fondue party featuring Mitchell's Fine Chocolate! We'll come to you and provide a full set up of smooth, tempered chocolate, fresh fruits and sweet treats for up to 8 guests. Perfect for a small holiday gathering. (Limited to a 50 mile radius from Cleveland Heights)

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    Custom Created Chocolates, named after you! Get hands on and help us develop a bark, truffle or candy that will be your namesake, sold at our Cleveland Heights location. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

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Funding period

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