Business sweet for shop owners |

Business sweet for shop owners

John Bellio’s been in and out of Garfield County since 1968, but when his dad retired, Bellio and his wife, Melisa, decided to stay in the valley.The Bellios are go-getters and can’t sit still. While Melisa opens Chocolate Moose in the morning, Bellio works on his father’s farm in Silt.Before opening the ice cream parlor, the Bellios did their research. They looked into a Rocky Mountain Chocolate franchise and decided they could find higher-quality chocolate elsewhere, so they opened their own shop and found their own chocolate.Every week, the Bellios get a fresh shipment of chocolate from a Belgian family that moved to Castle Rock six years ago.”It’s truly the finest chocolate I could find for my store,” John said.The Bellios are not worried about competition because the more ice cream that’s around, the more people will eat it, John said.Running a 120-acre farm and operating an ice cream parlor isn’t enough for the Bellios.Today, they will open a new Greyhound station at Seventh and Cooper.”I decided it was time to get back to work, and now I can’t stop,” John said.Name: Chocolate Moose Ice Cream ParlorOwner: John BellioAddress: 710 Grand Ave.Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and SaturdaysPhone: 945-2723Fax: 945-2573E-mail: belvederechocolates.comYears in business: two monthsNumber of employees: sixIs this a franchise? noWhat do you do? We are an ice cream parlor and fine Belgian chocolate shop.Who are your customers? Everyone. We have ice cream for lactose-intolerant people, sugar-free ice cream and chocolate, and Atkins-friendly ice cream.What’s unique about your business? Our all natural Belgian chocolate that’s fresh because it doesn’t have preservatives. We also serve Blue Bunny ice cream, the largest manufacturer of ice cream in the country, with highest standards of quality control. This ice cream is high-tech ice cream because its formula is computerized.What’s good about doing business here? That we support our local economy.What has been your most successful offering? Our gold nugget sundaes. We have eight different sundaes and the recipes we’ve put together are special to this area. The names of our sundaes are: Maroon Bells, Mine Shaft, Stage Coach, Mt. Sopris, Wagon Wheel, Hawaiian Stampede, Strawberry Roundup and Fruttie Pebbles Landslide. If you want to know what’s in them, you have to come in.What’s next for your business? Currently opening a Greyhound bus station at Seventh and Cooper as another business.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext.

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