Temperatures in the low 20s and a chance of snow this weekend isn't enough to deter Chelsea business owners from setting up shop for the fifth annual Chocolate Extravaganza.
The family-friendly event offers chocolate and Valentine themed treats and activities at more than 30 local shops and restaurants from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
This year’s event will also offer shoppers the the opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate, see what cacao beans look like, and find out what the future holds for the food.
During the weekend, the River Gallery will celebrate its 10th anniversary in its downtown location with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., introducing new and showcasing current artists.
The Chelsea District Library will also offer “food themed” activities. Families are invited to the library for a program titled “Everybody Cooks.” In partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, the library will explore why the same ingredients or types of food are used, how geology relates to food, define cultural transmission, and participants will also get to make their own bread starter.
Other events include:Business Name Event Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors Free homemade brownies and in-store specials Back to the Roots Free live music starting at noon; free house-made brownies; 15 percent off of retail purchases. Bumbles Dry Goods Sanders hot fudge gift with purchase.
Chelsea Antique Mall Free chocolate treats. Chelsea Center for the Arts Pick up a chocolate treat and schedule of CCA events at the Garden Mill. Chelsea Farmers' Supply A taste of delicious milk chocolates; 20 percent off chocolates; 20 percent off wild birdhouses and feeders; 10 percent off wild birdseed; raffle for Chelsea Farmers Supply gift certificate. Chelsea First United Methodist Church Free bacon and egg breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.
Chelsea Grille Specials include: chocolate martini, cocoa and coffee rubbed ribs, and mini hot chocolate truffle cakes. Chelsea Village Flowers Free chocolate treats Chelsea Teddy Bear Company Look for specials, including a tropical flavor chocolate bear with a T-shirt with an imprint for $5. Cherry Optometry Free chocolate covered cherries and a raffle for sunglasses.
Cleary's Pub Food and chocolate drink specials. Common Grill Free hot chocolate at the back carry-out door.
Dayspring Gifts Free candy and a raffle for a 3-foot tall stuffed Teddy bear. Garden Mill Free make and take craft for kids. Glee Cake & Pastry Special: Hot beverage with chocolate cheesecake. Global Marketplace Sampling of fair trade chocolate. Heydlauff's Appliance Sample of Jiffy chocolate muffins. Just Imagine Bookstore Chocolate treats; 20 percent off purchases of $100 or more.
La Jolla Fine Jewelry Gourmet chocolate cookies, and a drawing for a chocolate diamond. Middle Bead Free chocolate treats and an earring making demontration at 3 p.m. Mike's Deli Goey grilled chocolate sandwiches. Mule Skin Boots Free gift with purchase. Optimum Nutrition Free smoothie samples. Potting Shed Valentine candy sample, and free gift with $20 purchase. Reed Barbering Free chocolate treats until noon. Zou Zou's Chocolate treats to sample and buy. Vogels & Fosters Free refreshments and in-store specials. Village Shoppe of Chelsea Free samples of chocolate covered cherries.