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6th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

February 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to express our love for friends and family.  Someone once said “The main reason we celebrate Valentine’s Day isn’t love – It’s Chocolate!”  It’s probably a little of both. With that in mind, Chelsea is once again celebrating the day with the 6th annual Chocolate Extravaganza. On Saturday, February 8, 2014, over 30 retail stores, cafés and restaurants in Chelsea, Michigan invite you to shop, eat, and “experience” chocolate.  Participating stores and restaurants throughout Chelsea will offer chocolate tasting, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, raffles, and a medley of activities from 10 am to 5 pm.  Brochures with a map and event listings will be available on the day of the event at participating stores.

Historic Chelsea offers a variety of unique shops and places to dine, not only in the downtown area but also the south end of town, where you can dine, browse for antiques, bowl a game or two, and of course, shop.

So come visit Chelsea, Michigan to put aside winter doldrums and spend a day with your loved ones visiting the beautiful shops and galleries, cozy cafés and pubs, and wonderful restaurants. “The Chocolate Extravaganza was quite the event; it was like a treasure hunt!” remarked Liz Wilson, of VEO Art Studio, who participated for the first time last year. “The sidewalks were filled with groups of families and friends. All who came through my studio were truly enjoying the day, and of course the chocolate!” Both edible and non-edible treats will be available throughout Chelsea, in addition to family oriented activities, including a free make & take chocolate activity for kids at The Garden Mill.

“The Extravaganza brings many people to town and both our customers and our staff enjoy the event.”  Merkel Furniture and Carpet One owner Tim Merkel said, “It is a fun way to treat our customers to some true small town hospitality!”  Chocolate, fun, shopping, food, and a chance to support local businesses.  It’s a fabulous way to spend a Saturday!

Chocolate Extravaganza Map and Flyer

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Participating Merchants

Shop & Explore

Eat & Play

  • Chelsea Lions Club at Chelsea Lanes: Charity Bowl youth-adult scotch doubles tournament for bowlers and non-bolwlers; door prizes, 50/50 drawing, free pizza & pop with tournament registration; registration starts at 12 noon, tournament begins at 1 pm.
  • Chelsea First United Methodist Church: Enjoy a free bacon & eggs breakfast (8am-11am)
  • Cleary’s Pub: $1.00 off all hot chocolate drinks.
  • Common Grill: Free hot chocolate at the back “carry out” door.
  • Mike’s Deli: Stop in to sample our deliciously decadent gooey grilled chocolate sandwiches.
  • River Gallery + exhibits: Current exhibition John Schwarz – “Rigmarole” found object assemblages.
  • Veo Art Studio: Open 12:30-5pm, come in for Mindo local artisan chocolates, tour a working studio, chance to win a $45 or $120 gift certificate toward an art class at VEO.
  • Zou Zou’s Cafe: A day of delicious chocolate treats.

This event is sponsored by Chelsea businesses. Special thank you to Chelsea Teddy Bear Co. for posters, Chelsea Print & Graphics for brochure and map, and Susan Jacobs CPA PC for display space. Thank you to The Garden Mill for coordinating the event.

Thank You for supporting small businesses and your local community.

For more information about this event, please contact Maureen Tobin at The Garden Mill at 734-475-3539.


February 8, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Garden Mill


Various Locations in Chelsea
Chelsea, MI 48118 United States + Google Map