Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar is New York’s candy store for grown-ups. Since its inception in 2002, Chocolate Bar has started a mini-revolution among chocolate lovers. It has made waves with gourmands and loyalists alike such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johanson, Jake Gyllenhal, Leonardo DiCaprio and Uma Thurman and in the process received numerous awards including Timeout New York's "Best Chocolate Store" and Wallpaper Magazine's "Favorite Stores Around the World" to name a few. With locations in New York City, Manasquan, NJ, three UAE stores including Chocolate Bar Dubai in Dubai Mall and Chocolate Bar Mercato, Chocolate Bar Qatar located on the island of The Pearl, and Chocolate Bar Pakistan. Since 2007, 22 additional Middle East stores have been licensed. Visit www.chocolatebarnyc.com
A native New Yorker, Chocolate Bar founding owner, Alison Nelson, sipped her first cup of coffee with her father at the age of 8 and put herself through college on the tips of customers while waiting on tables at top-notch New York coffee shops. She launched Chocolate Bar six years ago with an initial investment of USD 75,000 and since that time she has risen to the heights of the business world. in 2004 she was named one of Gourmet News Magazine’s influential “20 under 40”, in 2006, she was named one of Crain’s Business “40 Under 40” and in 2007 received the Inc Magazine’s award for one of the “Fastest Growing Private Company’s in America”. Her book Chocolate Bar: Recipes and Entertaining Ideas for Living the Sweet Life won the 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook award.
Chocolate Bar in association with it's partners, have created more than a dozen luxury retail destinations in international locations such as Dubai, Qatar and Pakistan. Her investors have committed millions of dollars to expand the brand and procure additional franchises around the globe. Now, owner Alison Nelson knows that is is only a matter of time before a domestic partnership develops and procures the U.S.A territory to create flagships in major cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. Her vision has remained steadfast; to create a state-of-the-art chocolate factory and baking facility which houses a retail component in a high-traffic, touristic area of New York City. Mirroring the boutiques overseas it will include a restaurant, premium cocoa lounge, and groundbreaking beverage bar while servicing the international needs of the brand by way of experimentation through new recipes and designs thereby significantly increasing the profit margins of internet, wholesale, retail and future franchise sales.