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These words have stuck with me since I heard them. One evening at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center I ran into a couple who live here but have their business in California. We talked about the economy. It’s a scary time for a lot of people. They commute back and forth often and airline prices have eaten into their profits. Their business also relies on tourism. I asked them if they plan to alter their business plan at all in the future.

They just looked at me with the biggest and most delightful smiles and said, “even in a tough market there’s always room for the best.”

Which brings me to Chocolate.

I typically use the top of the line chocolate for all of my truffles. Pretty lofty for a small producer like me. My supplier talked me into trying something new yesterday. I hesitated but thought, “why not? After all, it’s made in France just like the chocolate I use now.”

I’ve struggled with that stuff all day! Everything I made is already sold so I don’t have to sacrifice any profit but I’ll never ever use anything other than the top of the line ever again.

I may be a small producer and the market may be competitive but, like Mary and Charlie said,

There’s always room for the best!



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      Inakika wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • I just want to take a running start and jump head first into that vat of goodness! I can take that bad product off your hands with one dive.
      You would not be able to tell the actual chocolate from THIS actual chocolate!
      Yes, I dream big!



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      Mksactown wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • Okay, Maui and chocolate?? HELLO...my dream. Oh and I LOVE that movie “Chocolat”



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • I love the movie, too! We have it in our library and I watch it often.



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      Tami Johns wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • Maui and chocolate...My thoughts EXACTLY!



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      Ladybug wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • There’s always room for the best!

      I heard a similar statement at a travel seminar this week. Good words for any business to live by.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • Good choice Cynthia.

      The best will always sell, and you never have to worry about compromising your brand.



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      Elizabeth "Libby" Day wrote Sep 26, 2008
    • Cynthia,
      This is a wonderful principle to apply to all aspects of life.  Thanks!



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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Sep 26, 2008
    • Choco...you know I am just waiting.  I would love to pass these out for Christmas as my corporate gifts and to my family for our infamous Christmas breakfast.

      What is this you may ask...9 am breakfast at my younger cousin’s house (the youngest of 8 boys) with his and his brother’s families, a few in-laws, a couple of close family friends (ah about 40-50 people) that begin with cocktails inside or outside around the Chimenea.  As we wait for others to arrive, we fill out our omelette order for our made to order omelettes.  After everyone arrives, we bless the food and then go to the buffet of fried potatoes and onions, turkey and pork bacon and sausage, gourmet breakfast sausage, chipped beef, grits, biscuits, blueberry pancakes, possibly waffles, 7 different types of juices, coffe, tea, mimosas, ham, fruit salad, corn muffins, pastries, and my final favorite, pork chops and apple sauce.

      When we are finished, we do our gift exchange and my uncle walks around with brownies and 3 types of cookies (chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal).  

      What would be a wonderful thing...to have some wonderful chocolate from Maui from my new best friend, Cynthia The Chocolatier!  A classy end to a classy day with some pretty classy people.

      L. Denise



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