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Black-Owned Small Business Creates “Custom Cocoa Experience” for Detroiters

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they strategically navigated the challenges of the pandemic and what they project for the future of local small businesses. Small business vendors also showcased their products at the Detroit Small Business Street exhibit and shared their stories with the Chamber.

Many of the small businesses interviewed were Black-owned, and in recognition of National Black Business Month, the Chamber is sharing a series of blog posts to learn more about each business.

Diedre Ware, the founder of Detroit Cocoa Bar (DCB), was one of the small business owners interviewed at the Conference. She shared that DCB is an “all cocoa-centric type of business,” where they sell beverages, treats, and retail. Their specialty is granola, cookies, and custom chocolate bars.

According to Detroit Cocoa Bar’s Instagram, everything they create is made with the goal of bringing awareness to the “versatility of the cacao bean and to offer a ‘custom cocoa experience’.”

Treats currently available for sale are Cocoa Nola (mixed granola), Cocoa Royal (cookies), and DCB Bars (chocolate bars).

Customers can purchase these treats by phone (313-296-0940) or in-person at the Norwest Farmers Market (18445 Scarsdale, Detroit), which runs every Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Occasionally, Detroit Cocoa Bar will attend other farmers markets. You can stay updated with their location via Instagram.

“We really want people, when they take away any of our products, to have a feeling and lightness of what chocolate and cocoa can do for you,” Ware said.

Watch a full interview with Detroit Cocoa Bar here.

TCF Bank/Huntington sponsored Detroit Cocoa Bar’s booth at the Detroit Policy Conference.