2019 JAN FEB DOWN COUNTRY ROADS MAGAZINE DCR Jan.Feb.2019 web - Page 9

Tianna, Peggy and Sue love what they do. From personal interactions to artistic creations, work at Mostly Chocolates rarely feels like work. Making the move from owning and operating assisted living centers to mak- ing chocolate might sound like a dream come true for most people. And for Peggy Kelly, it mostly has been. Sure, she has challenging days, but when all is said and done, she can just grab one of her day’s creations and unwind a bit. A And­ yes,­ Peggy­ is­ making­ those­ chocolates­ by­ hand­ at Mostly­Chocolates­in­Rapid­City­every­day—­well,­about­95 percent­of­them,­anyway.­The­other­five­percent­come­from companies­she’s­worked­with­and­purchased­from­for­many years.­Her­largest­supplier,­Guittard,­actually­told­her­she­is one­their­biggest­and­best­single-owner­customers. Guittard­has­been­making­chocolate­for­150­years­and­prides itself­on­making­artisanal­chocolate­“for­experts.”­But­the­com- pany­also­makes­some­pretty­great­chocolate­chips­for­you­to Story by Kate Najacht • use­at­home­in­your­own­baking,­too,­so­the­company­is­not just­producing­chocolate­for­use­in­professional­kitchens.­Gui- ttard­uses­traditional­French­methods­to­produce­its­chocolate and­the­attention­shines­through­in­its­—­and­Peggy’s­—­fin- ished­products. Mostly­Chocolates­is­37­years­old,­having­opened­in­1982­in a­smaller­location­down­the­hill­from­where­it­now­sits.­Peggy bought­it­20­years­ago­from­a­friend.­It­was­a­second­business for­the­friend­and­his­partner­and­it­had­become­too­busy­for Photos by Kate Najacht DOWN COUNTRY ROADS 9