Conway Chocolate Walk
The Conway Chocolate Walk is an annual event organized by Conway Downtown Alive. (You may remember them as the fabulous people who brought us the Rivertown Dine Around and the Rivertown Wine Around). The Chocolate Walk sells out each year, and now Karen and I understand why. This year, 200 tickets were sold and 37 shops participated in the event. Tickets cost $15 each.
Our day began at 11 am, when we met a few friends at the Conway Visitor’s Center to pick up our wristbands and bags (used to hold any extra goodies that we weren’t able to eat that day). Our first stop was Encore Florals and Fine Gifts, “where the traditional meets the unexpected”. Karen and I both agreed this store was our favorite discovery of the day. Encore is an adorable local shop with many unique items. It is definitely somewhere I will visit again, particularly when I need a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend. Karen really loved a hand-made scarf composed of old sweaters, and I really enjoyed their South Carolina/beach themed cards and picture frames. This store was so great we didn’t even notice until much later that we hadn’t stopped to get our chocolate.
We visited my new favorite spa, US International Nail Spa, where we enjoyed some chocolate wine and chocolate chip cookies. We were also given gift certificates, which we plan on using for manicures and massages for our very own “gal”entines day.
Conway Glass offered a hot chocolate bar with numerous mix-ins such as Oreos, chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, and marshmallows. They also invited us into their shop, where we enjoyed a glass-blowing demonstration. Watching a vase being made was definitely one of the highlights of my day!
One of my favorite stores, Bodega, had a chocolate fountain. Each of us was given pretzels, a cookie, and strawberries to enjoy with our chocolate. Bodega also had a place for each participant to sign and write their thoughts on the Chocolate Walk (see photo).
Another of my favorite stores, Back to Basics Organics, offered a goody bag with nuts and berries. This store also introduced me to The Local Table, an organization that connects the community to a variety of local farmers and producers that value sustainable, organic, and humane farming practices. As an environmentalist, I am excited to try this online farmer’s market.
Papa’s General Store is like a ‘general store’ of old. Upon entering we noticed many older toys, all open and available to play with. Our friend was sure she could spend the entire day in the store with her young son. We were treated to “messy brownies” (with cream cheese on top) as well as a small bag of old time candies (Mary Janes, Squirrel Nuts, Smarties).
Some other notable chocolates included a chocolate beer from Crafty Rooster, “Bacon with a Twist” (chocolate covered bacon) from Trademark Exteriors, and “Sweety Salty Surprise” (a delicious combination of caramel, chocolate, and pretzel) from 3rd Avenue Home. Karen also really enjoyed the “White Chocolate Gooey S’more Bar” from Ann Booth Jewelers. I really enjoyed the “Delight Squares” (a cake layered with chocolate mousse and whipped cream) from Curtains N Things and the peanut butter truffle from Rivertown Bistro.
As always, Karen and I enjoyed our time in Downtown Conway. We explored some new shops and were able to visit some of our old favorites. The chocolate creations were unique and tasty, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!