More than a chocolate factory
Chocolatier marks opening with town that welcomed him
A Syrian refugee said he and his family are giving back to the Nova Scotia town that helped turn them into a world-recog- nized success story by employing locals and treating the community to tours of their new chocolate factory.
Hundreds of people waited in line Saturday at Peace by Chocolate — whose sweets have been touted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — to celebrate the grand opening of its new factory in Antigonish. Tareq Hadhad said his family has built more than a business in the town of about 5,000, but a testament to the value of welcoming newcomers.
“We are just proving that even if we were broken in life, even if we lost everything in our life, with the support of people around us, if we are supported by lovely community, we can come back to life easily,’’ Hadhad said, his eyes welling up with tears.
“(My family is) just thinking, ‘What is the best way to say thank you?’ And really, we feel we don’t need words today. The smile on the faces is just enough. Everybody will be happy when they eat chocolate.’’
Visitors donned hair nets and plastic gloves for Saturday’s main attraction — a tantalizing tour of chocolate in the making by Hadhad’s father, Assam.
assam Hadhad makes chocolate as members of the community tour the factory in Antigonish, N.S.