A great passion of chocolate, lollies and all things sweet, Yvonne is the lovely lady behind one of our markets most popular shops Chocolate Passion.
Yvonne a refugee from Vietnam arrived and settled in Hastings a small town in New Zealand in 1979. Having been sponsored by family friends Yvonne was able to get a job within four days of arriving at the NZ Post, before migrating to Australia to be with her mother and brothers.
Yvonne has enjoyed a great career which included work at Coles Myer and balancing time as a full time mother.
A love of visiting her favourite Lolly shop at Blackburn shopping centre, Yvonne started dreaming of starting her own small business. She found a Lolly shop for sale at Bayside Shopping centre and took the plunge as a sole small business owner. After trading for nearly five years, a customer advised her that she should look at Dandenong market to set up a business and Yvonne joined the market with her shop Chocolate Passion.
Chocolate Passion stocks a wide range of European and American chocolate products as well as candies and sweets. Boxed, individual and novelty chocolates are available, as well as gift baskets, cards and wrapping paper. Brands include Hershey’s, Jelly Belly, Reese’s, Cadbury, Hillier and Dr Pepper.
Yvonne has a huge knowledge and passion of her product. She also loves sharing her sweet tips and facts with her customers, which she says is her biggest joy. Engaging with everyday folk, meeting new people and sharing her passions is one of the things that makes her job enjoyable. Yvonne loves the “multicultural” vibe of Dandenong Market and meeting people from different walks of life.
Chocolate Passion can be found at P15 in The Pantry
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