Woman-Owned Craving For Chocolate Finds Niche In Luxury Gifts

VIENNA, VA — During Women’s History Month in March, we want to highlight the contributions of women-owned businesses and the contributions women have made in the business sector.

One of these businesses is Craving for Chocolate, co-owned by Suzanne Nader and Dalia Hidayat in the Vienna area. The boutique chocolate atelier hand-picks chocolates from around the world, including Belgian and Mediterranean chocolates. Their chocolate gifts are customized for corporate and embassy gifts, gift boxes, grand openings, graduations, birthdays, holidays, weddings and more occasions.

Nader, an immigrant from Lebanon, started Craving for Chocolate eight years ago in her basement. Hidayat told Patch she was a customer at the time and encouraged Nader to open a shop. The business grew through pop-up shops in the malls and Ritz-Carlton Hotel. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hidayat became a business partner.

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“During Covid we had no choice to work hard because we did not know what the future was going to bring. We worked hard on our website and penetrated social media,” said Hidayat. “Somehow The Washington Post found us and did an article about us. Since then, business has been steadily growing. We had to move out of the basement and into a workshop style shop since we are busy creating daily.”

Today, the business fulfills orders from their workshop at 2108-A Gallows Road in Vienna. The business has found its niche in a customer base of corporations, embassies and customers who appreciate high-end chocolate. They sell to customers nationwide but get walk-ins from residents in Vienna, McLean, Arlington and Loudoun County.

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Recently, Craving for Chocolate faced challenges like inflation making prices of cocoa and shipping high. But the business has been able to weather the storm, as “chocolate seems to be a constant” for luxury gifts.

“The most rewarding part of our business is that every single day we are serving people that either want to make someone else happy or themselves happy,” said Hidayat. “Since this is a major gift giving business, we experience the joy of giving which brings us great energy. People also tell us everyday that our chocolate makes them and their families so happy and in turn that makes as so happy.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, visit www.cravingforchocolate.com.

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