ow did The Chocolate Therapist come about?
Founder Julie Pech refers to The Chocolate Therapist as the intersection of her two loves of life: chocolate and nutrition. Although she spent more than 18 years in the sporting goods industry, Julie studied nutrition her entire life. An athlete in her youth, she learned how to eat for performance and became fascinated by the way foods affected the body. She later studied nutrition in college, and eventually went on to receive a Nutrition Educators Certificate from Bauman Holistic Nutrition College in Boulder.
Julie decided to leave the sporting goods industry to follow her dream of writing a book, and it was her good fortune that health benefits of chocolate news broke at the same time. A passionate chocolate lover, she knew immediately this was her perfect topic. Over the next 16 months, she amassed hundreds of scientific research papers on the health benefits of chocolate, studying intently while eating a little research every day. Combining her chocolate knowledge, sense of humor and nutrition expertise, she wrote The Chocolate Therapist, A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate.
Once the book was in print, her personal mission evolved into changing the chocolate-loving as we know it, one convert (to dark chocolate) at a time. She began giving talks at local health food stores about the health benefits of chocolate. As her popularity grew, she was frequently requested for television and radio interviews, and was often featured in newspapers and magazines. Demand for her presentations increased, helping expand her message for chocolate and health to a much larger audience.
In addition to the health benefits of chocolate, Julie incorporated information into her presentations on how to taste chocolate properly, how it’s made from bean to bar, and how to pair chocolate with wine. She did extensive homework pairing chocolate flavors and wine, ultimately custom designing her own chocolate recipes created with natural chocolate, nuts, berries, spices and organic flavoring oils. So much work–someone had to do it!! She hired a local chocolate shop to custom manufacture the chocolates to keep up with the increasing demand at her speaking engagements, ultimately purchasing the shop when the owners decided to sell.
From there, Julie created her own collection of chocolates with all-natural ingredients, embracing the clean-eating concepts she lives by, as well as supporting the research in the book. The shop officially launched as “The Chocolate Therapist.” She later added an espresso bar with gourmet coffee, creating a successful and enjoyable business. Most recently, The Chocolate Therapist is pleased to share concept with others by expanding through franchising.
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Step 1: Confirm that we’re offering franchises in your state (listed here).
Step 2: Submit your request for information here, including your name, phone number, the state where you live, the city you’d like to open a shop in and the area of the city (if known).
Step 3: Via e-mail, you will receive an introductory letter, a short questionnaire to be filled out and returned to us, a flier detailing the business opportunity and a summary of the estimated initial start-up costs for the first three months.
Step 4: After you’ve reviewed the initial materials, please call with questions or e-mail your questions and we will promptly return your information. We will set up a conference call or schedule a meeting, whichever is most convenient. Phone #: 303-795-7913
Step 5: Once we’ve received all of your information and determined that opening a Chocolate Therapist Franchise in your location is ideal for both parties, you will receive our Federal Documents of Disclosure for your review. We will stay very involved at this point, helping you with questions and navigating through the detailed document.
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