Friday, November 21, 2008
STICKERS & CHOCOLATE
I can't think of anything that stickers and chocolate have in common, but that's what a good part of my day involved.
My first stop today was in Petaluma at Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory. Today is the day of one of their two yearly warehouse sales. The other warehouse sale is in the Spring. For the sale, Mrs. Grossman's opens up part of their warehouse to the publlic. Everything is discounted at least 20% and lots of items are marked down even more.
In their upstairs retail store that is open throughout the year, everything was discounted 20%, except for decorated items made by employees, which were being sold at full price.
I shopped both areas and came home with a bag full of stickers, papers, journals and more.
Of course, some of the doggie employees were keeping watch in the warehouse.
Mrs. Grossman's is a dog-friendly workplace where employees are welcome to bring their dogs to work.
From Petaluma, I drove to Berkeley to Chocolatier Blue, a new premium chocolate shop.
Owner Chris Blue creates his chocolates using the finest chocolate in the world. Many of his fruit fillings are made with organic fruit that he purchases at his local Farmer's Market. While I chose my small selection, I sampled a Lemon Chocolate.
My selection, from left to right is Tangerine, Palet d'Or, Lime, Pumpkin, and Eggnog...These will be the little something sweet at the end of our Thanksgiving dinner.
Chocolatier Blue chocolates can be purchased by the piece for $1.50 each. Gift box selections are also available. Coming up on December 7 is Chocolatier Blue's 1st Annual Chocolate Festival..it is at the shop from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $15 and that includes chocolates, hot chocolate, entertainment, chocolate desserts, and some special surprises.