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Louisville business hits a sweet spot by gaining national attention

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Among the hustle and bustle of 4th Street in downtown Louisville, overshadowed by the Grand Marquee of the Palace, at just 450 square feet, is a small chocolate shop that is making a big impact.

Art Eatables has earned the title of "The Greatest Candy Shop in Kentucky" from Food Network Magazine.

"It's a huge honor, because someone outside Kentucky is recognizing what we do, because it's so different than just a typical candy shop," said Kelly Ramsey, the shop's owner.

Ramsey said she only learned the store had made the list after a customer mentioned the article. "...and we're like are you sure it was us and she said yes," Ramsey recalled.

When choosing the greatest candy shop in Kentucky, bourbon is a requirement. However, customers won't find bourbon balls at the store.  

"Everyone thinks it's a bourbon ball. Bourbon balls are a traditional Kentucky candy, but what we're doing is pairing bourbons with chocolate, like you would with wine and chocolate," Ramsey explained.

With just five employees, Ramsey says she still has her hand in every part of the business.

The business makes candy that is available for sale both at the store and online. The key is using chocolate to bring out the notes in the different brands. 

"You would do a Woodford Reserve Works better with a dark chocolate or at least with the chocolates we use, because it has more of a wood flavor to it and dark cherry flavors in it, and those flavors come out more in a dark chocolate, than it would in a milk," Ramsey said.

Their unusual pairing has landed them on the coveted list.

The business is now among the 50 best candy stores in the country and promises to satisfy the sweet tooth of all its customers.

The honor is a huge accomplishment for Ramsey, who until five years ago worked in finance. Making chocolate was simply a hobby.

Now she's celebrating a major milestone for the small storefront that is preparing to celebrate its third anniversary in November.

"It's been a very, very busy five years and I think with being mentioned in this magazine, hopefully it will be another busy five years," Ramsey said.

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