Our Staff

Retail Staff

Meet Alex!

 
Alex joined the GDC team in summer 2016 but he’s been hanging around the shop since long before that! Alex is a senior sociology major at Kenyon College in Ohio with hopes of becoming an attorney. When he’s not at the shop Alex loves spending time with his sweet pup BooBoo. Here’s a little more about Alex…
His favorite GDC product...Chocolate Sunbutter
His favorite chocolate pairing… coffee
His favorite local partner… Shorts
His favorite spot in Leelanau… he’s not telling ;)
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Meet Brady!

 
Brady is the beloved nephew of our owners Jody and DC, a music enthusiast, a self proclaimed animal whisperer, amateur cacao bean inspector and, of course, a valuable member of our retail team. He’s also our resident Ohioan. Brady’s a Cincinnati native and (in just a few days) he’ll head off to begin studying field ecology at Ohio University. Here’s a little more about Brady...
His favorite GDC product...Maya Caramel
His favorite chocolate pairing… coffee (:
His favorite local business... Cheese Shanty in Leland, duh!
His favorite spot in Leelanau… Pyramid Point
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Meet Emily!

 
Em is in her fourth summer at the shop. She is a senior at Sewanee: The University of the South studying sustainable food systems and food justice. When she’s not in the shop Emily loves cooking, being outside, and paddleboarding. Here’s a little more about Emily….
Her favorite GDC product… Lavender Truffle
Her favorite chocolate pairing… water
Her favorite local partner… Funistrada or L. Mawby
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… North Bar 
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Meet little Emma (and her even littler nephew, Nik)!

She’s a much loved member of our retail team AND is training in production. Little Em is a Junior at Glen Lake School, a member of the envirothon team, and a freelance hair stylist for her friends. You can also find her working at the observatory at the Leelanau School. Here’s a little more about Emma...
Her favorite GDC product… Fat Toad Hot Chocolate
Her favorite chocolate pairing… Chai Tea with Milk Chocolate Disks
Her favorite local business/partner… The Friendly Tavern (especially for french fries with Sonja)
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Treat Farm when the yellow daisies are growing
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Meet Molly!

Molly has worked at GDC for 11 years doing everything from retail, to production, to classes and events. Molly is a Leelanau County native and a senior Environmental Studies major at Macalester College. She was able to travel to Ecuador with GDC this spring to learn more about our sourcing and meet the wonderful producers that supply us with our chocolate! Here’s a little bit more about Molly...
Her favorite GDC product… basil truffles (and chocolate classes! Do those count?)
Her favorite chocolate pairing… pretzels
Her favorite local business… Funistrada or L Mawby
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Glen Lake
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Meet Rebecca! 

Rebecca was here with us for the summer before heading home to Bloomfield Hills. We were so happy to have her joining the shop staff this summer. Rebecca is a senior at the International Academy and was thrilled to be spending the summer in her favorite place on earth, Glen Arbor, and to work with chocolate while she was here! Here’s a little more about Rebecca...
Her favorite GDC product… chai truffle
Her favorite chocolate pairing… espresso
Her favorite local business Funistrada
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Alligator Hill
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Meet Sonja!

 
You may also recognize her as one of our tallest employees-almost as tall as a cacao tree! (Or at least the picture in our shop 😉) Sonja is a senior at Glen Lake AND a student at Northwestern Michigan College. In her free time Sonja is a member of Glen Lake Envirothon and an avid reader. Here’s a little more about miss Sonja...
Her favorite GDC product… Chocolate Covered Cherries
Her favorite chocolate pairing… Salt and Caramel
Her favorite local partner… Food For Thought
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Empire Bluff Trail
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Meet Stella!

Stella is a senior at Glen Lake and a student at Northwestern Michigan College. She’s also a travel lover, heir to the Food For Thought crown and a junior board member of On The Ground, a charitable organization based in Traverse City with projects all over the world! Here’s a little more about Stella...
Her favorite GDC product… Chocolate Covered Almonds
Her favorite chocolate pairing… Lavender
Her favorite local business/partner… Cheese Shop
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Her house
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Production Staff

Meet Lori! 

Sweet Lori moved to Empire this September and we’re so so happy she found us! Before she moved here, Lori taught environmental/farm-based education; now you can find her making delicious chocolate and baked goods, working in the garden with our garden connoisseur, Laurel, or maybe just enjoying some hiking, cooking, or music making. Here’s a little more about Lori...
Her favorite GDC product… Ginger Honey Caramel
Her favorite chocolate pairing… “I love eating a bite of chocolate, followed by a couple of raisins!”
Her favorite local partner… The Glen Lake Community Library
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Treat Farm
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Meet Sarah...

 
...goddess of production! Sarah spends her winters in Hawaii working on organic farms but in the summer we’re lucky to have her on the production team, making all the chocolate goodies you know and love (plus new creations too!). Here’s a little more about Sarah...
Her favorite GDC product… chocolate dipped apples
Her favorite chocolate pairing… apples? 
Her favorite local place/partner… Stormcloud Brewery in Frankfort (yum!)
Her favorite spot in Leelanau… Wherever she’s motorcycling
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Chocolatiers in Training

We can't forget our favorite chocolate babies, Charlie and Arlo!