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Shaker Heights teen gifted with chocolate business for 13th birthday

What a sweet present!

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Meet Cherish Marie Holmes, a 13-year old girl who loves all things chocolate.

She entered her teen years back on Dec. 4, and instead of getting a surprise party for her 13th birthday her mom gifted her with a sweet business known as Kohco Gourmet Chocolate Bar.

Cherish’s mother, Ardelia Holmes, tells 3News that gifting her daughter with an LLC was one way to teach her how to stand on her own -- especially during a pandemic.

The idea came to them because they both like to make things and snack. Their goal was to sell at least 20 cups of hot chocolate at the Beachwood Place shopping mall. Instead, they sold 650 cups -- not bad for some first timers.

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The flavors are red velvet, cookies and cream and birthday cake, not to mention they have hot chocolate cocoa bombs.

“We’re just regular people who are 100 percent grateful for our customers," Ardelia said. 

Cherish says she just want people to love her hot chocolate, kick back with the family and enjoy each other.

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