Melding Chocolate and Community at Sweet Designs | Making It

Melding Chocolate and Community at Sweet Designs | Making It


– [Inez Rainier] I might
have a lot of talent for this that I never realized I had,
That’s what chocolate gave me. (upbeat music) My name is Inez Rainier – [Sam Sweeny] My name is Sam Sweeny – [Inez] And I’m a chocolatier – [Sam] And I’m a
chocolatier at Sweet Designs – [Inez] I immigrated thirty years ago, back then it was Yugoslavia. I wanted to be self employed, so, I had to roll up my
sleeves, learn the language and start a business. – [Sam] She knows the
meaning of hard work to make something happen and make
her dreams come true. – [Inez] It’s really not a
wonder that I ended up in the chocolate business. As a child, I always liked chocolate, and I went to an auction and
purchased a $40 melting tank. I thought, “Well this will
now seriously get me going.” I was all by myself and I slowly started employing people. – [Sam] I met Inez about
six and a half years ago. I got an email at my high
school saying that there was a job opening for seasonal work, and that’s how it all started. – [Inez] I hired a lot of
times when I don’t need to employ anyone, I hired them
because they are desperate to get a job. I will create a job for them as long as they are willing to work hard, they will always have a job here. – [Sam] She’s a mother,
a mentor, a best friend, a successful business owner
that I learn form every day. – [Inez] This is where I
feel that I make a difference and I realized business became
taking care of other people. It became about giving back to community. – [Sam] People think a
chocolatier is like a Willy Wonka, it is a little bit of that, we do have some chocolate fountains, we have chocolate belts. – [Inez] My recipes are
all old European style. I went off of my memories,
how chocolate should taste, very chocolatey with
a lot of cocoa butter. – [Sam] But it’s so much
more than chocolate. You learn so much about
life and about success and about handwork. – [Inez] Success to me is,
having the best chocolate but also touching other peoples lives. – [Sam] It’s just a beautiful place to see people from all different walks of life, work together and teach each other so much more about life and why they’re doing what they are doing. – [Inez] Once in a while our customers remind me, you didn’t
even speak the language and now you ship the
chocolates all over the world. Me buying a $40 tank
turned into Sweet Designs. I see the future being bigger and brighter and that drives me, I
don’t feel like I am done because there is yet so much more to come.

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