If you have been to Martha's Vineyard more than few times it's likely that you discovered Chilmark Chocolates. Waiting in line to purchase some of the best handmade chocolate treats has been a tradition for my family and thousands of other people for decades. So we were stunned to hear that they would be closing for good later this year. The story of Chilmark Chocolates is a unique one of the two owners and the wonderful business they built with the help of some remarkable people. A visit to the shop was always an uplifting experience and this story explains why. Don't miss the comments sections for additional insights into the wonderful world of Chilmark Chocolates.--TG
The signature up-Island confectionery that is a Vineyard institution its own right, will close at the end of the year, the owners have said.
A letter went out to employees this week from owners Mary Beth Grady and Allison Burger informing them that they will close the store in December.
The letter is posted in the store, which recently reopened for Valentine’s Day.
“We are hanging up our aprons and gloves. We feel very fortunate to have had a chance to work with all of you and so many other inspiring people over the past 33 years,” it says in part.
The letter quotes Mother Teresa and also says the business will not be sold.
The business model for Chilmark Chocolates, which produces high-quality handmade chocolates and candy, is unique and includes training and employment for people with disabilities. The owners met when they were counselors at Camp Jabberwocky more than 30 years ago, and later became employees and then owners at Chilmark Chocolates. Continue reading at the Vineyard Gazette