We Choose Our Hard

No day is ever the same at Laughing Gull Chocolates.  This is due to a multitude of reasons. It ranges from our customers, special orders, meetings, workshops and our children’s moods.  I am often times asked, “How do you do it?” referring to how we work...

Cinco de Cacao

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that the concept is fluid. I write about the business, Laughing Gull Chocolates, the history of chocolate and the culture around chocolate. More recently, I’ve written about running a business alongside my now toddler, my...

The Last 525,600 Minutes

As far as I can tell, the goals of the first year of running a business and the first year of parenthood are one and the same: survival. My daughter is almost six months older than our brick and mortar shop, and over the past 365 days, there have been highs, lows,...

Bean-to-Bar- a First Attempt

Growing up, my favorite treat to bake was a batch of brownies. I had the recipe memorized, and doubled each batch. I can see the cocoa stained in the cookbook in my mind; it evokes the aroma of brownies baking in my kitchen, my mom supervising, my sisters and I eager...

Allison’s Journey to Laughing Gull

I always knew that I was meant to do more than sit at a desk and push papers all day. I was meant to change the world in some way. Going through grad school to get my MBA, I often times felt like the “odd” person out. I wasn’t competing for a corporate job or amongst...