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The Sweet Spot: Manufacturing Part of Fascia’s Recipe for Su (2)

confectioners to the area for three to four days, helping local hotels fill rooms.

 

On the wholesale side, Fascia’s Chocolates can be found at the Mark Twain House, the New Britain Museum of American Art, farmers’ markets, specialty food stores, and even at Mohegan Sun’s General Store.

 

As a retail location, Fascia’s offers handcrafted chocolates and gelato, and all chocolate products are certified kosher. Fascia’s offers custom chocolate for corporate gifts, wedding favors, and much more, in addition to its seasonal and everyday chocolates.

 

“We are diverse in what we have,” Romeo said. “It’s more than what most people see.”

 

Family Owned and Operated

 

Fascia’s started in 1964, with John and Helen Fascia making chocolate in their home in Waterbury. By 1977, they had moved to their first retail store on Meriden Road, but it took until 1985 for all operations to be moved out of the family home.

 

Things changed in 2008 when, with two months’ notice, Fascia’s needed to move out of its space. Fascia’s found a location on Thomaston Avenue, and soon thereafter Romeo — John and Helen’s son-in-law — joined the business.

 

“I’m an electrical engineer and started with GE in technical sales and corporate partnership roles before moving into general management.” Romeo said. When the company he was leading in Torrington decided to move, Romeo knew he didn’t want to move with them.

 

“So, the family let me in and I turned from engineer to chocolatier” he said. “There’s a lot of science in chocolate and many of the same manufacturing processes, such as lot tracking and tracing, quality control and work procedures.”

 

Romeo is also part of the Smaller Manufacturers Association Board of Directors and the Connecticut Manufacturers’ Collaborative, a statewide group of nine organizations. He is a member of the Waterbury Regional Chamber Board of Directors, and Fascia’s received the Chamber’s Harold Webster Smith Small Business of the Year Award in 2003.