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Meet a Business: Miss Maude's Bar of Chocolates

Meet a Business is a series featuring the person behind some of your favorite locally-owned businesses.


What is your name?
Jessica Leonard

What's your hometown?

What is your business name?
Miss Maude‘s Bar of Chocolates

How many years have you owned/managed your business?

What did you want to be as a child?
Good at something…anything!

What is the most popular item you sell?
Why Choose? Bar of Chocolates

What local business can you not live without?
The Cutting Room

In what ways has your business changed since COVID-19?
Sales have tripled as people choose to send chocolate to their loved ones they can’t see.

What's the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
Snuggle my two labradors

What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
My spackle knife

How did you come up with the name for your business?
I wanted a 1920’s flapper who represented the modern woman.

How did you get the idea for your business?
I wanted to try so many different chocolate bar flavors, and I thought, ‘Why isn’t their one bar with more than 1 flavor in it? When I discovered there was no, I decided I would do it. Then I had to figure out how!

What does the world need more of?
Chocolate,  caviar, Champagne and travel

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Extraordinary charisma

What's your favorite thing to do in Richmond when you're not in your business?
Host dinner parties

What's your hidden talent?
Getting through to customer service.

What was the first concert you ever attended?
Debbie Gibson

Who do you look up to and why?
Madonna, because she is fearless

What do you love most about Richmond?
The small, easy airport

What's the best thing about being a local business owner? 
The compliments

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