Alongside the noise and traffic on US-1, sits a quaint little shopping center housing one of Miami's best kept secrets, Wendy's Chocolates and Gift Baskets.
It all started with a little free time and simple desire over 25 years ago. Wendy Sorrell, mother of 4 boys, was the designated room parent for her son's elementary school classroom. Wendy wanted to provide great treats for all of their class parties. After a trip to the local craft store, attending a few special courses to learn how to make custom chocolate treats at home, and buying some supplies, Wendy opted to make a variety of custom chocolates and other sweets, thinking it would be more fun than bringing store-bought cupcakes and a bag of potato chips. It didn't take long before she realized that it was a lot of fun to come up with so many creative chocolate items. After a few years of donating, she started making chocolates for family and friends by special request. Her husband finally asked one day after seeing chocolate throughout the house, if he could have his tv dinner on a tv tray. Little did anyone know, including Wendy herself, a soon-to-be chocolate queen had begun building her empire. That is how Wendy's Chocolates became an official business. All four boys as well as her husband have been aiding in the making of Wendy's Chocolates.
First established in 1993, Wendy's Chocolates and Gift Baskets was born within a compact 500 square foot rented space and with only three cardboard boxes full of items to fill the store. Taking her recently retired husband's life savings and using it to start her business was just the icing on the cake!
Undoubtedly, 22 years later and with thousands upon thousands of pounds of chocolate and candy sold, Wendy and her business are still going strong. Outstandingly in 2007, the Miami New Times awarded Wendy's Chocolates and Gift Baskets with "Best Chocolate" for the annual Best Of Miami competition.