Changing Hands and Lands
Chocolate House and Mended Pieces
The past couple of years at the Chocolate House of Ann Arbor haven't been all that sweet.
For the first six years of its tenure, owner Vicky Ponitz juggled the business while holding down a series of day jobs. When that proved untenable, she sold the business last June to her nephew, Alex Molnar. Molnar changed the name to Carillon Chocolates and added a coffeehouse vibe, but couldn't make a living from it, either. He gave up the business and the lease at the end of May--"we all kind of saw it wasn't working," he says.