Olde Pickerington Village will be the epicenter of chocolate heaven Friday, May 3, as 17 of its businesses will participate in the third annual "Olde Village Chocolate Hop."
The event, sponsored by the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Chocolate Hop Co-chairwoman Peggy Portier said proceeds from the event will go to benefit both Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North's "After Prom" activities as well as other OPVBA community events.
"It's a fun event for couples or a 'girl's night out,'" Portier said, adding "even high school boys thought it was a fun thing to do last year."
Portier said the Olde Village Chocolate Hop also creates needed exposure for downtown Pickerington.
"The whole idea is to bring people down to Olde Village so they know the businesses are there," Portier said.
"Hopefully, they come back," she said.
Co-chairwoman Cristie Hammond said it serves as "a kickoff to (OVPBA) summer-time events" as well.
"It gives people the chance to go around, see the businesses and eat chocolate," Hammond said.
"Most people like chocolate, what more do you need, right?" she asked.
Portier said attendees must purchase one of the limited number (300) of maps available that will direct people to the businesses that are distributing the chocolate.
"Each business gives you a little chocolate treat," Portier said.
"We'll give you little bags if you don't want to eat it all so you get to take some home with you," she said.
Maps can be reserved in advance for a $5 donation at Deblin Design, 18 E. Columbus St., or at The Hair Boutique, 37 E. Columbus St. in Olde Village Pickerington.
Those wishing to attend can also call OPVBA at (614) 321-8221 to reserve map.
Portier said maps will also be available through PHS Central and North student groups helping with their respective After Proms.
She said the layout of the Chocolate Hop has been reduced this year.
"The area people will have to walk has been condensed to about two blocks," Portier said.
"They should easily be able to get to all the stops and still have time to browse and visit the business owners," she said.
Portier said attendees can sample a wide array of offerings, all with a chocolate theme, including hot chocolate and chocolate truffles.
"Some (businesses) get really creative." She said.
"Everybody comes up with their own thing," she said.