Chocolate Lovers' Day 2012

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

All of Morgantown was dipped in chocolate Saturday afternoon. Bustling with children, families and even college students, everyone was skipping from each shop to the other in search of a chocolate and a stamp on Chocolate Lovers' Day. My friends, who may or may not have reluctantly tagged along only due to my enthusiasm, and I first stopped at Monongalia Arts Center to register.

I was a little intimidated since I haven't done this thing before, but they really make it quite simple. You could register at the Monongalia Arts Center or Arts Monongahela. Large red heart-shaped balloons and a register sign were at both locations. I walked in, surrendered $5 and received a wristband, sheet of paper and piece of candy in return. The paper had a map of the participating locations, as well as what points each location was worth. While many businesses were located along High Street, a few were on Chestnut or Spruce or side streets and were worth more points - most likely to get people off the beaten path a little bit. At each location, you received a chocolate treat and a stamp on the sheet of paper. The idea here is to visit all, or a majority, of the businesses. If you get at least 70 points total, you get to be entered into a drawing for tickets to Hershey Park.


So most participating locations along High Street were worth one point. And the harder-to-find ones ranged from 3 to 5 to 7 points. We tried to hit up almost every red heart-shaped balloon donning establishment. And I was surprised at the ones who participated - lots of restaurants, but also some churches, the library, sporting goods stores, etc. Of course they didn't bake their chocolate, so they set up small bite-sized candies. All in all, it was a pretty cool experience. I was exhausted afterward, though. I think I ended up with 73 points total - so maybe I'll get that grand prize afterall.


Participants:
  • Animal House
  • All-Pro Photography
  • Amanda Pasdon
  • Arrow Gift Shoppe
  • Arts Monongahela
  • Bead Monster Boutique
  • Black Bear Burritos
  • Blue Moose Cafe
  • Boston Beanery
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cafe Mojo
  • Chaang Thai Restaurant
  • Coombs Flowers
  • Dahlia's on Walnut
  • Dairy Queen
  • First Baptist Church
  • Garcia's Latin Market
  • Golden Finch
  • Gibbie's Pub & Eatery
  • Kevin Poe
  • Lira
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Maxwell's
  • Monongalia Arts Center
  • Morgantown History Museum
  • Morgantown Public Library
  • Nonna's Bakery & Deli
  • Old Stone House Gift Shop
  • Pathfinder
  • Pinocchio's Books & Toys
  • Spruce Street United Methodist Church
  • Tanners Alley Leather Design Studio
  • The Cupcakerie
  • Elegant Alley Cat
  • Needlecraft Barn
  • Tonique's Trilogy
  • UniversiTEES
  • Wild Mountain Bakery
  • Glow Beauty Lounge
  • Beginning
    History Museum
    Black Bear - chocolate covered pretzels
    Garcia's Latin Market - chocolate donuts
    Needlecraft Barn - lots of goodies (white chocolate chip)
    Pathfinder - fun-size candybars
    Lira - chocolate fondue
    End

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