Made in Uptown: My Chocolate Soul

Ramona Thomas says that “Uptown chose me,” when it came time to expand My Chocolate Soul, her six-year old chocolate business to its first brick-and-mortar store. And after looking in Bucktown, South Loop, and elsewhere, she knew Uptown was the right fit as soon as she saw the space at 4442 N Broadway, even though it had nothing but insulation then and she knew little about the neighborhood.

But Ramona says that she always knew exactly the kind of space she wanted for her store – an idea inspired by a trip to Paris. There, she saw blocks of shops with the owners sweeping the sidewalks in the morning and everywhere she went there was a sense of community that resonated with her, that she wanted to recreate in her own storefront.

Ramona says she feels a great energy on the block of Broadway and has already received a warm welcome from nearby businesses and neighbors. And, despite weeks of delays, she is still beyond excited and has big plans for growing her business. My Chocolate Soul currently offers several two-dozen truffle and molded chocolate flavors, as well as candy bars, cupcakes, and brownies – but she has many more treats in mind to develop and test in the new space. The 900 square foot storefront will feature an open kitchen and several café tables with tea and coffee service. A small room is reserved for tastings and meeting clients, plus the kitchen furniture is on casters and can be moved aside to turn the entire store into an intimate space for chocolate-themed parties.

Ramona is already looking ahead to launching holiday marketing and a chocolate ambassador referral program. And the new space will let her expand My Chocolate Soul’s corporate gift, wedding, and concierge services with new flavors and packaging. My Chocolate Soul is set to open on November 11th – stop by later to sample this delicious addition to Uptown’s stretch of Broadway.