Chocolate covered Boyne returns

It’s that time again for the annual Chocolate Covered Boyne Event that brings Boyne City citizens into businesses to sample sweet treats.

By: Megan A. Wilson, Contributing Writer

It’s that time again for the annual Chocolate Covered Boyne Event that brings Boyne City citizens into businesses to sample sweet treats.

Over 30 businesses are participating in the event that combines various chocolate treats with sales on clothing, wine, candy and more.

“We are offering specials on chocolate facials and chocolate pedicures,” said Pamela Gardener of Fiji Salon and Day Spa. “The chocolate facial is an organic mask that is very good for your skin, it contains many antioxidants.”

The event will occur all over downtown Boyne City on Friday Feb. 8 and Saturday Feb. 9.

Chocolate Covered Boyne is an event that was conceived by Linn Williams, a Boyne resident who had grown bored in the winter months.

“When I first moved up here, there were no events going on after Christmas,” said Williams. “I just wanted something that people could do that would bring them into town.”

Chocolate Covered Boyne is sponsored by the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce and Boyne City Main Street.

“This is a great event that brings people into businesses, and we all get to enjoy one of our favorite foods,” said Jim Baumann, Executive Director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cindi Franco’s Cool Stuff is putting its special spin on a timeless classic by making hot-chocolate with real chocolate and marshmallows, instead of using baking cocoa.

“It’s an awesome event. I love it. Every year I look forward to it,” said Cindi Franco’s Owner Cindi Malin. “I think that it’s a lot of fun, and what else is there to do?”

One of the businesses that has been part of Chocolate Covered Boyne from its inception is Country Now and Then & Up the Lazy River.

“I never make up my mind what we’ll be offering to shoppers until just before the event. This year we are having chocolate treats and a winter inventory reduction,” said Country Now and Then Owner Karen Guznicak. “It’s a fairly nice turnout. I hope that people will get out and enjoy the event.”
She added, “We’ve got some nice sales going on.”

On Saturday, North Country Cycle Sport will be offering homemade treats.

“We are having some clothing specials to coincide the event,” said owner Bo Mayfield.

Chocolate Covered Boyne will be taking place throughout the city so be sure to check out all the stores to see what they’re offering.

Following is a list of participating stores as of press time on Monday Feb. 4. For more information and an up-to-date list, go to

  • Bird’s Nest – Serving yummy mini chocolat-covered peanut butter balls. During this romantic celebration we will offer 35% off women’s winter clothing items that have a chocolate color in them.
  • Boyne Co-op True Value – Treats for the pets.
  • Boyne Country Provisions / The Wine Emporium – Friday and Saturday offering 10% off purchase of 3 or more bottles of wine in the Wine Emporium, free gift bow with purchase of wine OR a complimentary box of chocolate paired with wine purchase in the Wine Emporium, all chocolate wines on sale. Saturday only offering complimentary housemade “Death by Chocolate” cookies.
  • Boyne District Library — “Chocolate-covered Story Hour” Saturday 10-11 a.m., display of books on chocolate and sweethearts (cookbooks, novels, etc.)
  • Cafe Sante – Belgian Chocolate Pot de crème, Chocolate Hazelnut Cheese Cake, Austrian Chocolate Linzer Torte, Chocolate Cafe con Leche Martini, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (by itself or with the Belgian Strawberry Fruli).
  • CindiFranco’s Cool Stuff – Real hot chocolate – not cocoa – with Cindi’s special homemade vanilla marshmallows. Beyond heaven!
  • Country Now & Then / Up The Lazy River – Chocolate treats and a Winter Inventory Reduction Sale.
  • Fiji Salon & Spa – Chocolate treats. Chocolate facials and chocolate pedicures are $30 each or both for $50.
  • Freshwater Art Gallery – $5 off for Feb. 16 Wine, Women, Chocolate and Song concert tickets purchased Feb. 8 and 9. Also serving Chocolate Icebox cookies and cocoa.
  • Huff Pharmacy – Handmade chocolate truffles, Friday and Saturday ‘til 2 p.m. Many jewelry items 50% off.
  • Inspired living – 25% off all chocolate teas and anything red or pink (or with red or pink on it … no matter how small!) in the store. Free samples of chocolate wine too.
  • Mary’s of Boyne– Chocolate candy and 25-50% off regular-priced winter apparel.
  • North Country Cycle Sport – Homemade treats on Feb 9th.
  • Re/Max Resort Properties – Chocolate fondue.
  • Subway – Free cookie with the purchase of any sandwich, salad or pizza

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