Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Makers Expand in Houston
Teja’s Chocolate Craftory is not just selling sweets.
But they are the premier destination for ultra rich chocolate if you’re in or near Tomball, Texas.
In addition to artisan craft delicacies, one can find Texas barbecue on the menu at the bean-to-bar chocolate shop.
Scott Moore, who runs Teja’s with his wife, Michelle, and brother, Greg, explains.
“After finding success selling wholesale chocolate bars in farmer’s markets, we wanted to put the business into our own retail store. But we knew the revenue for chocolate wasn’t going to be enough, so we needed to add a café to the business plan.”
But instead of going with a traditional café, they dug deeper to come up with a unique value prop that would stand out.
“We looked at the market in Tomball, and what was missing was a very good craft barbecue place. So we added a barbecue menu to the plan, even though we weren’t sure Tomball was ready for a high-end type of thing like this. But there was a market for it and we stuck to it and they found us.”
In just six short years, Teja’s has gone from local pop up shop to serving buyers from all over the world, supplying large brands like Nike, and even catering for the Super Bowl at The Big Texas Party, sponsored by ESPN and Culture Map.
With the perfect recipe for success—ancient manufacturing techniques, Michelle’s marketing and Greg’s cooking—the family-run business was just missing one last component –a point-of-sale system.
The perfect partnership
Since Teja’s offers a fast-casual fast dining experience with counter service, but also sells retail items in the form of chocolate, they needed one system that could easily manage both.
They would also only choose a solution that works with their local Texas bank.
“We didn’t have a POS system. We chose NCR because the credit card processing was flexible and you could choose your own. That was important to us because we love our local credit card processor that offers competitive rates. That part of the equation was a big deal for me,” Scott says.
He continues, “We looked at competitors, but the in-country support and the muscle behind NCR factored into it. I downloaded a demo and found the interface to be user friendly and easy to get along with. Plus, we had one iPad already. It was easy to get setup and going.”
Shop Small for Valentine’s Day
Teja’s Chocolate is your Houston source for last-minute chocolates, but if you’re looking for an experience, they’re also serving a prix fixe dinner menu tonight. That’s right, you and your Valentine can enjoy a 5-course menu with dessert and wine pairings for just $85. Book your table here.