CARROLLWOOD — Need to make a good impression on your boss or charm a sweetheart? There's no need to travel outside Carrollwood to do it, according to Tish Lewis, owner of Tampa's Chocolate Delight.
(Shoppers) "can keep it local and keep the small-business people in this area alive," said Lewis, who lives in Lutz.
Tampa's Chocolate Delight, at 11751 N Dale Mabry Highway, opened about three months ago. The store had been on Busch Boulevard under a different name, but Lewis decided to move to put the sweet spot in a more heavily traveled location, among other popular businesses. Her neighbors include Burger 21 and Carrollwood Florist.
Tampa's Chocolate Delight sells a mix of store-made and specialty ordered items. Store-made treats include chocolate-and-sea-salt-covered potato chips and truffles. Lewis also has more than 7,000 molds to create chocolate treats shaped like everything from a school bus to an alligator.
A lot of her business includes special events and holidays. Customers can ordered specialized gift baskets full of chocolate and other goodies.
On a recent day, Lewis was inside her store working on a special order of fresh chocolate-covered strawberries for a corporate meeting.
"To give something edible is always a great gift," she said.
Tampa's Chocolate Delight is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Visit tampaschocolatedelight.com or call (813) 265-8900.
Designer consignor marks a year
For lovers of designer fashion and accoutrements, brands like Louis Vuitton, Coach and Fendi are sure to cause a stir.
But what if those labels were 20 to 80 percent off? That stir could very well turn into a stampede.
That's the type of excitement Danielle and Shari French had in mind when they opened J'Adore Designer Boutique. The Carrollwood store recently celebrated its first anniversary.
"Every month gets a little better, and we're very excited," said Danielle, who owns the store with her mother, Shari.
J'Adore Designer Boutique sells women's clothing, handbags and accessories on consignment. Sellers bring gently used or new items to the boutique, which either purchases them outright or sells the items on consignment.
The sellers receive a portion of the money once the item is sold.
Danielle French had sold designer handbags online for years before bringing the concept to bricks and mortar. She and her mother have always had a love of designer goods. The women opted for a consignment model over a traditional store to keep costs low for customers.
"People want to have that designer feeling," Danielle French said, "but they don't want to pay thousands of dollars."
J'Adore has about 100 designer handbags for sale. All bags and accessories are certified authentic.
"You have that guarantee that you're getting a real bag, not a knockoff," Danielle said.
J'Adore Designer Boutique is at 10019 N Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood. It's open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday by appointment only.
Visit jadoredesignerboutique.com or call (813) 961-1299.