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Rousseau Chocolatier

Nathalie M. + Julien R., Rousseau Chocolatier Ltd, Co-Founders

Halifax, NS

When hospitality professional Nathalie met Julien a Frenchmen with a passion for chocolate their adventure together began. Traveling through Europe and working with a handful of award-winning hotels and independent chocolatiers. Two years before returning to Canada they shared a vision to open a shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The eastern province appealing to them as it offered a great quality of life and held many European influences. It was also conveniently located between their hometowns of Ottawa and Roquebrune-sur-Argens.

Five years later this entrepreneurial couple has received media recognition such as; Chatelaine Magazine “One of Canada’s Top 9 Chocolatiers, 2018” and West Jet Magazine “Drinks to warm you up.” Rousseau Chocolatier Ltd. products are carefully crafted in downtown Halifax and contain whole ingredients and no artificial preservatives.

Where do the inspiration for your business stem come from?

My husband had been a chocolatier and pastry chef for a few years when we met back in 2008. At that time, it was only a distant dream to one day open our own chocolate shop. Our quest to gain experience and remain together as a couple, led us to live and work in Canada, France, England and Scotland over the course of 6 years before opening Rousseau Chocolatier in 2014. There was a serious need for high end chocolate in Halifax, NS. The gamble proved to be a success as we are striving five years later in our new and improved space near the popular Seaport Market and waterfront.

The gamble proved to be a success as we are striving five years later in our new and improved space near the popular Seaport Market and waterfront.

Nathalie M. + Julien R., Rousseau Chocolatier Ltd, Co-Founders

Halifax, NS

What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?

I think that running a business is a constant evolving experience. With over 5 years under our belts, we still get thrown curve balls all the time. You really learn how to roll with the punches and problem solve on a daily basis. You also learn how to wear ALL the hats; leadership roles, time management skills, marketing exec, photographer, receptionist, customer service expert, accountant, electrician, plumber, you name it!! And with all that, you still need to make money. It’s true what they say, running your own business is not for the faint-hearted. We put our heads down, plow through every day and hope it will pay off and we’ll be able to reap the benefits and provide a bright future for ourselves and our family.

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