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Valentine's Day chocolate sales were strong ... but it'd be helpful if you shopped earlier
"It's fun but it's difficult to know how much to make when everyone comes in on the same day," said Kristin Thalheimer Bingham, co-owner of Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine.
For this Maine chocolatier, costs are starting to cool down
After raising prices last fall, Kristin Thalheimer Bingham, co-owner of Dean's Sweets, describes her expenses and product pricing.
Amid Black Friday sales, retailers are still dealing with inflation
From records to chocolate to bicycles, three small businesses describe how they're doing ahead of Black Friday.
Maine chocolatiers resist raising prices as holiday sales begin
Kristin Thalheimer Bingham, co-owner of Dean's Sweets in Portland, talks about preparing for the holidays and rising costs.
Like Willy Wonka, this Memphis chocolatier wants his sweets to tell stories
With flavors like barbecue, cornbread and banana pudding, Phillip Ashley Rix found an unfilled niche in the luxury chocolate world.
For this Maine chocolatier, labor is the "No. 1 cost to stay competitive"
"To keep our great team, we have raised our wages significantly," said Kristin Thalheimer Bingham, co-owner of Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine.
Chocolate shop has plenty of business but not enough staff
Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine, has had "crazy growth," but it's competing with other local businesses for employees.
How much does the holiday retail season matter? Ask these retailers.
Marketplace checks in with three small business retailers throughout the holiday season.
What your chocolate bar has to do with deforestation
Steven Mufson of The Washington Post explains why companies are struggling to farm cocoa sustainably.
Weathering the hard times by selling chocolate
"People don't stop buying a few small luxuries" in a recession, one couple found.