By Ron Stafford
It’s something that many of us crave at different times, and we cannot deny that craving. That something is chocolate, and Bob and Jim Greeno, co-owners of Oh My Chocolate located in Chester, have been meeting the needs of local chocolate lovers since the summer of 2009.
Growing up, Bob worked in the family auto repair and gas station business until the 1990s when the industry changed. His father took a different career path and bought a franchise for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory located in the Queenstown Outlets. The business grew, and two more locations were added in Arundel Mills and Columbia Mall. But the lease on the Queenstown location was not renewed, and the other stores were not doing well. Around that time, retail space became available in Chester, and Bob and his brother Jim took the opportunity to open Oh My Chocolate in August 2009. Slowly word spread about this exciting, new business.
Bob and his team are proud to offer the finest in chocolate. Almost everything you see when you step into their store is made on the premises and usually that same day. They pride themselves on having fresh products with nothing in the store more than one week old. The chocolate itself is world class and on par with European chocolate…a real gourmet treat. Bob adds, “It contains no preservatives or waxes, and comes in two grades higher than what Godiva uses.” All of this translates into great sales.
In addition to the Chester storefront, a large part of their business is outside sales, ranging from tiered chocolate fountains to custom caramel Granny Smith apples. Bob is especially proud of this area of the business. “Our caramel is made from scratch, and our apples are what we’re most known for, “Bob says. The Fall apple sales this year have been fantastic. In a recent year, Oh My Chocolate received a call from the White House for 1500 apples, which Bob and his team proudly fulfilled.
Business is growing outside the storefront. A grocery store in Elkridge MD as well as store chains in other states, including New York, have gotten the word and are coming to him with their requests. Weddings also are a large part of the company’s recent success. From September 1 until now, Bob and his team provided chocolate fountains and other goodies for at least 50 weddings. Recently, Oh My Chocolate was chosen by the second largest wedding planner in New York City to be their chocolatier.
Their business goal is simple. Bob says, “The store is a place to showcase the product, and our growth areas are weddings and corporate sales.” Bob’s brother Jim helps by handling orders that come in via phone or from their website. “He picks up the ball where I lack time or skill, “Bob chimes in. Wanda Tyler is manager of the store, and has been with the business for the past eight years. They also have great help behind the counter.
For more information, give them a call at 410-643-7111 or visit them at 600A Abruzzi Drive in Chester. You can friend them on Facebook via their website, ohmychocolate.com, and you can email them at email@example.com.