What could be better than receiving a gift basket overflowing with fresh-baked brownies, cookies and handmade gourmet chocolates?
And knowing that they were all made locally at Old World Bakery in Ypsilanti and Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Ann Arbor?
The two area businesses are teaming up to create one-of-a-kind gift baskets for every and any occasion. The bundle of treats can range from a small 35 basket with select chocolates and baked goods, to an extravagant 100 basket, complete with chocolate roses, truffles, cakes cookies and more. Tim Edinger, owner of Old World Bakery, says that customers are also able to create their own basket where “anything goes".
Edinger says the alliance with Scott Huckestein's Ann Arbor Schakolad Chocolate Factory came naturally.
“We both offer delicious products and in 2009 we think that buying local is the way to go" Edinger said.
The gift baskets can be ordered at Old World Bakery (40 North Huron St., Ypsilanti) or Schakolad Chocolate Factory (110 E. Washington, Ann Arbor.)
Debbie Locke-Daniel, Executive Director of the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the baskets she bought for area businesses and members of the CVB board made great gifts. She also said she was pleased to be supporting local businesses.
“I thought they were very nice, the quality was high and they were a great value" she said. “The cookies and the brownies were great and then you throw some Schakolad in there and you can't lose".
ArborMotion, an Ann Arbor based automotive repair and detailing facility that specializes in European and Asian vehicles, has been purchasing gift baskets for their customers who get major work done on their cars. James Snider, General Manager of ArborMotion, said “We believe in supporting collaborations that have a positive effect on the local economy".
Huckestein said there is a sense of community that is created when businesses support each other.
“Especially in these tough economic times, it is important to look after one another" he said.
In addition to collaborating on baskets and sharing counter space for each other's items, Edinger and Huckestein are advertising together as well. Both are offering 10 percent off any purchase in Money Clip Magazine, to be distributed to approximately 100,000 homes in the area.
Schakolad (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) specializes in fresh, handmade European-style chocolates. The chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time-honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation.
Old World Bakery is a dessert bakery that has been in the area for more than three years. The Bakery specializes in Ann Arbor-style (lighter and creamier) cheesecakes, coffee cakes, carrot cake, a flourless chocolate mousse torte and a variety of gourmet cookies and brownies. www.annarborstylecheesecakes.com
CONTACT: Tim Edinger
CONTACT: Scott Huckestein