What does your business do?
Chocolati Dessert Lounge will be a unique establishment that will
be known as an experience due to its delicious desserts, BYOB
policy, operating hours and relaxing atmosphere. Chocolati will
service customers who want to indulge their sweet tooth late at
night in a relaxing, comfy sophisticated environment. Chocolati
will be the first late night dessert lounge in the Pittsburgh, PA
area. Chocolati will also utilize local small bakers or in-home
bakers to provide unique one-of-a-kind desserts to create a
rotating menu of featured desserts. To bring in revenue during the
lounges off-hours, Chocolati will be available to rent for private
parties; in addition to being used as an entrepreneurial meeting
space on a set frequency. Form partnerships with other local
artist to create salable pieces to be displayed in Chocolati and
on a set frequency convert the space into a BYOB gallery event.
When and why did you start the biz?
. Chocolati Dessert Lounge, LLC will be my first entrepreneurial
venture. I consider myself a dream maker and self-proclaimed fixer
so when I encounter gaps or areas of improvement my mind creates
solutions. Plus, when I encounter ideas that seem really cool and
not happening in Pittsburgh, I feel even more determined to bring
it to our city. For example, New York City has a dessert
lounge/bar called Confections that specializes in desserts and
dessert-inspired alcoholic drinks so why can’t Pittsburgh have a
dessert lounge too. Opening is scheduled for July 11, 2019.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
In-home and at the lounge
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
I’m a single mom of 3; a 12-year-old son, 9-year-old son and a 4-
year-old princess. When I’m not working as Food Safety and Quality
Supervisor at a chocolatier manufacturing company, I’m driving
around my kiddos to their multiple activities and sporting events.
With very talented, athletic kids (like their mom), I rarely get
any downtime between the sport seasons because my kiddos are
active in football, soccer, basketball, track, dance and
gymnastics. With having very active kids and reaching a point in
my life where I no longer want to work for someone else, I’ve
aggressively been making moves to start my own business.
What's the most fun part?
Seeing the progress I've made since a one page idea to creating a
business plan and an investor reaching out to me to invest in it.
Anything you would have done differently?
Inquired more assistance with the business plan because its a beast
to itself beside the other start-up to-do's.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
1. One year – Open by July 11, 2019, implement foodie events
and live entertainment on a set frequency, and open the lounge up
to rent during non-operating hours. Break even on financial goals.
By year end determine if the lounge should continue to stay closed
on Monday and Tuesday.
2. Three years – Relocate into a larger location due to
popularity and customer growth. The new location will include
onsite parking, a hookah section within the lounge, and a VIP
/large party area. Increase in staff and hit gross sales goals.
3. Five Year – Partner with companies and organizations to
host corporate parties (holiday, promotional events, etc.) and
become the turn down location for high profile performers and
entertainers while in the Pittsburgh area.
What advice do you have for others?
Create a to-do list and look at everyday, even when you are feeling
defeated by all the work you have to do. Join entrepreneurial
networks so you can see for yourself from other business owners that
the challenges and rewards your experiencing are normal.
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I enjoy seeing other companies winning, its motivational.
School (where, still in school, degree)?
WVU - BS in Biochemistry
Prior jobs or business?
Food Safety and QA Supervisor
Senior Technologist = Copack and Vendor QA
Pizza and fries
What are your pets' names?
August and Sphynx
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
No they don't unfortunately, other than help to calm me when I'm home
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
Working in corporate and seeing how employees are just numbers and we
can be let go at any moment to help benefit the financials of the
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
My mom, my sis and my kiddos
531 Sunnyfield Dr
Monroeville, PA 15146