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Chocolati Dessert Lounge

Name: BS Giles

Location: Monroeville, PA 

Type of Business:
Evening hours dessert and event lounge


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?
3

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

Favorite Food?
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 company.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
My mom, my sis and my kiddos

Contact Info:
BS Giles
531 Sunnyfield Dr
Monroeville, PA 15146
4124521195
krisseyg@hotmail.com


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