On the part of my wife and I, a move required a huge leap of faith. In Chicago we had a wonderful following of dark chocolate loving customers and food writers. We were located in a huge metropolis of people who could afford our high end chocolate. I personally tossed and turned every night before the move, wondered if rural Wisconsin would be a place where we could continue to grow our business. Where would our customers come from? How would we grow our small business?
As soon as we came to Spooner our new community embraced us with open arms. We had immediate support from several stores who now carry our chocolate. Of course Chicago continues to buy our boxed chocolate but being outside of the city also helped us open our eyes to possibilities outside of the Midwest. We now have retail partners on the West Coast, East Coast and most states in between. Our move to the country has only made us a much larger company.
There is no traffic while I drive to work but I have to keep a vigilant eye out for deer the road. There’s also Wild turkey crossings, bald eagles, an occasional black bear and a white buck that I’ve seen 4 times. I’m happy that I moved Mayana Chocolate and my family to Wisconsin. We are surrounded by great people, fantastic businesses (Thank you NWRPC!) and nature and that translates to better chocolate candy.