My Chocolate Boutique is Brisbane’s own luxury chocolate shop home of the Gold Leaf artisan chocolate decorated with 24-k gold leaf and handcrafted in Brisbane. My Chocolate Boutique is located at the Indooroopilly shopping centre and stocks only the finest chocolate brands from around the world that ethically source their cocoa.
With mother’s day just around the corner, the boutique has been busy prepping beautiful treasures to box up for the well-deserved mums. Is there a sweeter way to say I love you than with chocolates?
The mastermind behind My Chocolate Boutique is a supermum herself! My Nguyen is a university tutor, research technician, Ph.D candidate, and mother of 2 beautiful children, all on top of running her own business.
How did My Chocolate Boutique come to life?
Everything I do would not be possible without my supportive husband. My chocolate making started as a passion project. I made chocolate dinosaurs for my son’s birthday party and they were a hit with the kids as much as they were with the parents! I had orders lined up for parties before I knew it and called my company My Sweet Treats.
I met C, my boutique’s store manager, last year in July at a market. She imports coffee beans and also has a love of making chocolate treats. We connected right off the bat and I knew I wanted to work with her. We also have three young team members who work on a casual basis. – Katie, Mondi, and Toan.
We were lucky enough to move into the spot we’re in now at the Indooroopilly shopping centre last October and originally, we thought we would only be in that spot for Christmas gifting season, but everything sort of fell into place for us and we hope to expand in new locations and perhaps add a cafe to our current location.
What is the day in the life of My Nguyen?
Every day is different and my weekends are dedicated to my kids. Weekdays start with family breakfast, drop off at daycare, followed by classes which will include tutorials, research meetings for schools of medicine, nursing, or psychology. My Ph.D. work involves papers and independent research.
For my business days, I meet with lots of people all day from customers to suppliers. I do the product ordering and bookkeeping as well as overall store management. When the work or school day is over, I pick up the kids and we have dinner together.
What has been your favourite moment as a mum?
Watching my kids grow up, learn, and develop. I'm always proud of them. Their laughter is like music to my soul.
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
The first year is always the hardest. Hang in there and keep believing in your business. Be good to your people/employees because they are the real faces of and for your business. Communication is also key.
For those who want to start a business and too afraid- Just do it! Follow your dreams. That's what I did. I'm a doer and so everything I say or think I just do. If you think too much, it's never going to happen (this is for everything with life).
How do you maintain a work-school-life balance?
I stay well organised, I set plans and priorities and I stick to them. It makes me very efficient. I just don't waste time. (Even my social days are planned where I catch up with friends one after another for the whole day-- Uni friends, that is).
What are your favourite activities to do with the kids?
Singing and dancing them. They are just so full of life!
Any recommendations for mother’s day gift from the Boutique?
We have fine chocolates that are made locally and international. You find only the best quality chocolate at our store. Gold leaf is especially recommended- ladies just adore our luxury Gold Leaf range, rose and pistachio chocolate pyramids garnished with 24k is the most popular. Our collaborations with The Lip-Lab, Julisa, and Bohemia Crystal have also been a hit!