A young North-east entrepreneur is set to taste sweet success with his latest business venture - Deeside’s first chocolate ‘destination’ shop.
Jamie Hutcheon ( pictured above) who runs the Stonehaven-based Cocoa Ooze, is opening premises in Peterculter.
To celebrate the opening this weekend, there will be a Willy Wonka-style ‘golden ticket’ competition – with the lucky winner scooping a chocolate hamper and a chocolate-making workshop for them and their friends.
Jamie is building on the success of his family-run business which he started in 2008, aged 17.
The shop will sell the company’s popular homemade chocolates, a range of gifts, as well as serving teas and coffees.
The new shop on North Deeside Road – in a former solicitor’s office –has been secured under a five year lease and has been transformed with a £12,000 refit.
As well as retail and kitchen space, there are facilities for parties and corporate events, which are growing in popularity and a key part of the company’s further growth strategy, according to Jamie, who trained as a chocolatier with world renowned company, Callebaut.
“We knew that we wanted premises where we would be able to host functions and events as this is becoming a really important part of the service that we offer to our customers,” he said.
“Peterculter is a busy community, with a diverse and thriving retail sector, which attracts a lot of business from people heading to Deeside or into Aberdeen so we are confident that this is the perfect location for Cocoa Ooze’s first shop.”
Another part of the company’s growth plan will be to take on an apprentice chocolatier to meet the increasing customer demand.
“When we started Cocoa Ooze, we were very clear that we wanted to be about more than ‘just’ selling chocolates,” said Jamie.
“To celebrate the opening, we thought it would be a great idea to give people the chance to win the ‘golden ticket’ and to experience a chocolate making workshop as it’s great fun for people of all ages.
“Our ethos has always been about serving the sweet tooth of the North-east and we are confident that this new shop will please our existing customers and also attract new people to the Cocoa Ooze experience.”
The shop at 225 North Deeside Road will open on Saturday, August 27 at noon. Visitors at the opening event will be given envelopes to see if they have scooped the prizes.
Cocoa Ooze’s portfolio of products includes chocolate bars and truffles of milk, dark and white varieties available in boxes, bags and hampers of all sizes.