Business Name: Jade Chocolates Established: November, 2020 Questions answered by: Jade Mayer
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
We offer a variety of handmade chocolate products with a focus on custom work to suit your every need. We have everything from Chocolate Bark, Chocolate Covered Oreos, Breakable Hearts, etc. and are always expanding our menu, may it be for an upcoming holiday or a wonderful customer idea!
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
Everything we are is because of our customers and the wonderful small business community. We continue to expand and grow solely on the love and support we receive daily. We are so incredibly thankful for every purchase, like, share, and comment that we get.
What inspired you to start your business?
I actually started in this field as a store manager of a large Canadian chocolate company about seven years ago. I learned the ins and outs of candy and confectionery and when it closed, I took it upon myself to start my own business. With the initial support of my partner and family, I was able to make “Jade Chocolates” a reality!
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
I think the biggest struggle has been to force myself to work at a slower pace than I originally wanted to. When I started, I had all of these ideas that were just not feasibly possible at the time. So, I started with a smaller menu and have been slowly improving my skills. As of 2022, I can proudly say that I will be starting to release many new products and will be able to take Jade Chocolates in the direction I had always envisioned.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
The biggest success has definitely been becoming a vendor in four retail locations across Manitoba! We are in talks right now to hopefully increase that list by four more!
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Just go for it. If you have a dream or an idea that you truly think should be out in the world for others to enjoy, don’t listen to anyone else. Completely detach from the opinion of others and just go for it. You’ll never know unless you try.
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
We will be in many upcoming markets so watch our socials for where you can find us in person. Otherwise, we are located in four retailers (Stonewall, Teulon, Beausejour and Winnipeg); you can also purchase directly from us on any of our socials or at firstname.lastname@example.org.