December 18, 2007, 12:00 AM

Lounging around with chocolate online

Expanding beyond its Cincinnati store, Marble Hill Chocolate Lounge has unveiled an e-commerce site that features the merchant’s chocolates and desserts.

Marble Hill Chocolate Lounge is expanding its operations beyond the bricks-and-mortar walls of its Cincinnati store. The specialty retailer has unveiled an e-commerce site that features the merchant’s chocolate candies and desserts.

MarbleHillChocolateLounge.com increases the retailer’s branding efforts and product offerings for its self-described “artisan chocolates” to include boxed collections, business-focused gift sets and wedding amenities. Shoppers also can purchase tickets to the merchant’s tasting events that couple wine, chocolates and tea.

Founder Bill Sands launched the store in 2004 after conducting chocolate tasting events at local restaurants. He plans to add boutique stores regionally to continue the chocolate tasting and lounge experience of the current store.

Marble Hill Chocolate Lounge employed Tellus, an e-commerce design, development and marketing firm, to create and launch the new site. Tellus CEO Betsy Emery will speak Jan. 31 at the Internet Retailer Web Design Conference in Miami. Her educational session is entitled How to Get Started: Thinking of Design and What It Will Cost.

Both Marble Hill Chocolate Lounge and Tellus are based in Cincinnati.

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