Simon Dunn Chocolatier is opening a new Coffee and Hot Chocolate Lounge on Friargate in the city.
Its the latest in the franchise and their first city centre store. There are also Simon Dunn Franchises shops at Wilmslow, Hazel Grove, Glossop, Stockport and Bridport.
In their mission statement they plan to spread the brand name throughout the UK by franchising their unique “Perfect Match” concept, making chocolates on the premises bringing the chocolatier and coffee shop together.
At 17 Simon worked for Stockport based sweet manufactuer Squirell Horn who sent him on a chocolate making course in Zollingen, Germany and from there his love for the chocolate industry blossomed. He started his own hand-made chocolate business from home supplying gift shops in Cheshire, Blackpool and the Lake District.
His flagship store is in Wilmslow and well worth a visit if you are in the area. His other shops are franchises, the owners trained by Simon and make their own chocolates and coffees in house. The finest chocolate from Belgian is delivered to their Hazel Grove store weekly and distributed to the other shops. They also sell Bradwells ice cream, which you can dip in dark or white chocolate giving you a choc-ice.
The new coffee shop takes over the premises that was formally the Shakeaway Milkshake Bar. Hopefully we will have a review once it is up and running.