rita lara

Company: mystic sweet shop

Location: mystic

Company/organization description

The Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe has been making fantastic delights since 1997. Over the last 2 1/2 decades owner Rita Lara has been perfecting her line of chocolates, ice cream and fudge. Rita offers a variety of themes in chocolate for holidays or special occasions of any kind. A lot of learning has gone into her craft. Rita has never shied away from hard work even going as far as traveling to the coca forest to learn the origins of cocoa. She thinks you will taste the Passion!

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

I had just finished selling my 1st biz Chicago.I wanted something different .I enrolled in Penn state ice cream school and courses at the Culinary institute of America .Then I jumped in .My chocolates has been featured in House and garden and recently in Ct magazine. I am also a grad from Purdue's entrepreneurship 2 yr program and was named in the chicago area one of the up and coming Female Hispanic entrepreneurs. My work has been featured on tv and is constantly being share on social media.

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Main Street - local business focus

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

Women's Business Development Council

Nominator Justification

Lasted 24 yrs in a small mom no pop shop.making handcrafted chocolates,ice cream and fudge

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