2019 JAN FEB DOWN COUNTRY ROADS MAGAZINE DCR Jan.Feb.2019 web - Page 11

The case of handmade truffles and other chocolates is a veritable feast for the eyes Melt- aways, double dark, espresso, lemon chiffon, caramels, toffee, cherry cordials, creams and more are but a mere sampling of everything the case holds. in­in­August­2000,­and­Pottery­2­Paint,­which­has­been­in­busi- ness­for­15­years.­It­was­first­owned­by­her­daughter,­Jessica, but­is­now­owned­by­her­grandson’s­wife,­Brooke­Kelly.­Jes- sica­now­owns­Canvas­2­Paint,­also­a­Rapid­City­business. Pottery­2­Paint­and­Mostly­Chocolates,­Peggy­explained, complement­each­other. “If­it­was­a­casino­next­door,­people­wouldn’t­be­running over­here­for­chocolates­and­coffee,”­she­joked. But­while­working­on­a­hand-painted­mug­or­other­piece­of pottery,­it’s­nice­to­be­able­to­run­to­the­business­next­door­— one­flows­into­the­other­with­not­even­a­door­to­separate­the two­—­and­grab­a­piece­of­chocolate­and­a­cup­of­coffee­to­fuel your­artistic­creation. When­Peggy­bought­the­business,­the­truffles­were­hand- made.­She­still­uses­the­original­recipe.­She­has­added­some flavors,­but­she­hasn’t­touched­the­recipe­itself.­Every­one­of them­is­hand-dipped­and­decorated. One­of­the­advantages­of­making­your­own­chocolate­and candies­is­that­you­can­accommodate­requests­for­customers. Peggy­related­the­story­of­a­woman­who­walked­into­the­store, saying­the­person­who­was­going­to­make­mints­for­her­wed- ding­had­an­emergency­and­could­no­longer­do­it.­She­asked Peggy­if­she­could­and­Peggy­said­yes. “We’re­going­to­use­her­colors,­her­flavors­and­her­molds­to make­them,”­she­said.­ Not­only­that,­but­Peggy­did­it­with­only­two­days’­notice. She­is­grateful­for­Rapid­City’s­support­over­the­years.­The lion’s­share­of­her­business­comes­from­local­people­and­she acknowledges­and­thanks­the­community. It’s­those­members­of­the­community­who­are­often­visiting the­store­for­a­thank-you­tray­or­gift­basket.­Gift­baskets­are Peggy’s­bread­and­butter.­Realtors­buy­them­for­clients;­a­fam- ily­member­of­someone­in­hospice­care­will­send­a­tray­of Peggy’s­handmade­chocolates­to­the­nurses­to­say­thank­you. They’re­purchased­for­events­and­one­of­the­myriad­gift­baskets available­is­great­for­a­friend’s­birthday.­Gift­baskets­include everything­from­chocolate­to­local­wines,­local­coffee,­nuts, samplers,­caramel­corn­and­more. “If­someone­wants­a­bottle­of­chardonnay­instead­of­mer- lot,­we­will­happily­swap­it­out,”­says­Sue­Stanec,­store­man- ager.­And­custom­baskets­are­always­an­option,­too. Sue­has­worked­at­Mostly­Chocolates­for­19­years,­almost DOWN COUNTRY ROADS 11