Sweet Deals Are Made of This
We’ve got chocolate.
Right here in the Town of Davidson.
With capital C and that rhymes with V and that stands for – Valentine’s!
Okay, it’s not pool, that naughty pastime named by Harold Hill in The Music Man. But some think it sinful, this sweet, luscious treat, and it’s practically at our fingertips right here in Davidson – every day, ordinary or special. Like Valentine’s Day, just around the corner.
Also, around the corner are South Main Sweet Shop – literally at the intersection of Main and Concord Road – and Davidson Chocolate Co., less than a stone’s throw from Harris Teeter in the Davidson Commons.
In Sweet Shop on South Main, you’ll find a wide variety of gorgeous chocolates, sourced from the “best chocolatiers in the country,” says owner Kelly Mixon, as well a room full of “retro” candies, like Gumi Bears and Tootsie Rolls, Ju Jubes and DumDums. Every color of M&M’s, no kidding. The shop is a favorite after-school stop for the younger set, one of whom spilled a baggy-full of his allowance on the counter to purchase a Flip Phone Pop, which I didn’t even know was a thing.
Valentine’s Day shoppers in a hurry can choose among several sizes of red, heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates, or take their time to browse among the dozens of tempting choices behind the glass.
Just up the road in the Davidson Commons, you’ll find Davidson Chocolate Co., with an equally sinful selection of high-quality chocolate truffles and confections, handmade daily right there in the shop, under the watchful eye of co-owner and head chocolatier, Ana Vazquez. While earning her degree at the prestigious Culinary Institute of Caracas in her native Venezuela, Ana ran a successful catering business specializing in custom cake design, mini-desserts and chocolates. She and her family bought Davidson Chocolate Co., in 2014, where she continues to find new ways to craft sweets that are as stunning as they are tasty.
For Valentine shoppers, Ana recommends the traditional lovers’ combination of flowers and chocolates – a dozen red roses along with a half- or a full-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries, plus a card. Call ahead, she says, or order online.
Yes, Davidson has chocolate — with a capital C, and that rhymes with D, which rhymes with P, and that stands for Please remember your Valentine.
A professional communicator with a long career in higher education, Meg now consults and volunteers in areas where words and images work together to tell a story. She's a proud member of Davidson's Class of 1977 and lives nearby with her husband, Don, Davidson professor emeritus of biology, with whom she shares a family grown by kinship and choice.