When Tina and her sister Katerina Stavropoulos first started making chocolate from their home kitchen 24 years ago, no-one could have guessed the huge success it would become.
Starting the business together to enable them to work from home and raise their children, Adora Handmade Chocolates was born and they had everyone who tried their chocolate hooked!
This year on the 20th anniversary of their Earlwood store, they also have retail outlets in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Newtown with a commercial kitchen in Marrickville to keep up with demand! They also now own the delectable Sweetness the Patisserie brand with mallows, fudge and confectionary added to their staple chocolate-based offering.
Tina took some time out from making chocolates to be a part of our Inspirational Women Series.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Tina: Opening the first Sydney Australian made chocolate store
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Tina: Patience, time management and to not put all your eggs in one basket.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Tina: To have a central kitchen so that it can create its own business.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Tina: My love for chocolate and how it can evolve over time. My family and staff are my primary motivation though. I have staff members still with me from decades ago!
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Tina: For women to feel confident enough to achieve whatever they want, without the prejudices.
Adora Handmade Chocolates is a proud sponsor of the Biz Gals Inspire Series: An Evening With Ann Sherry on 27th September. Each guest in attendance will be going home with some chocolatey delights! Click here to book your tickets today!