A Scarborough woman has fulfilled a childhood dream by opening her own chocolate shop at the age of just 26.
Amelia Scholey, who has been running her business Amelia’s Chocolate from home for the past couple of years, will open her new premises at 122 Victoria Road on Saturday.
The grand opening will start at 11am and will feature free chocolate samples, award-winning chocolates to buy and a surprise special guest.
Amelia said: “I’m really excited. I’ve wanted to do this for so long - it’s been my dream since I was little.
“It feels quite surreal - it’s not sunk in yet! There’s a bit of work left to do, but all my friends and family have been helping out.
“They’ve been so supportive. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them.”
As well as having the shop front, the premises also has a kitchen area with window, so people can see the chocolates being prepared, plus a room for holding workshops.
Amelia said: “It’s perfect for what we wanted. The main shop is nice and bright and it has a warm, welcoming feel.”
She will be joined at the shop by manager Ken Elbourne, who is also looking forward to getting started.
He said: “We’ve had some great comments from people already, who said it’s a great looking shop.
“This area is becoming more up and coming, with lots of new shops and businesses starting up. It’s really vibrant.”
As well as being a successful young businesswoman, Amelia has raised thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation and Live Life Then Give Life, an organ donation charity.
Since having a heart transplant at the age of 15, Amelia has been keen to raise awareness of the issue.
She said: “I wouldn’t be doing any of the things I’m doing now if I hadn’t had my heart transplant.”
Her plan now is to keep building her business, via the new shop, chocolate workshops and by linking up with other businesses who would like to supply her products to their customers.
The shop in Victoria Road will be open Wednesday to Saturday each week, with the possibility of extending that as the business progresses.
• This week, until Sunday, is National Chocolate Week, with lots of events going on all over the country.
A number of tasting sessions are being held in York and a special dessert of “Divine Dark Chocolate & Rapeseed Oil Delice” has been added to James Martin’s menu at The Talbot Hotel in Malton.