What does a twenty three year old do with a BA in History and no real life plan? He opens a chocolate store! In 1995 I had worked for a chocolate company in Florida off and on for approximately six years so I was ready to take on the world. My father Jim and I opened a 1,000 square foot store called Bradley's Chocolate in Knoxville, TN. Yes I know, real original. We featured delicious, handmade chocolates that very few people seemed to want. After struggling for a for years we moved to a new location were I doubled the size of the store and more importantly met my future Bride, Joy, who not only changed my life but also Bradley's in a major way.
Joy worked for a large gift store that happened to be next door to our new location. I always tell people she only paid for something one time and wooed her with lots of free chocolate. She started adding her special touch to Bradley's, adding much needed changes and finding great gift items that people really loved. Joy added so many things that at the end of 2012 we moved across the street and once again doubled the size of our store. To add to the excitement we also purchased a local candy manufacture, now called the Knoxville Chocolate Company, which has allowed us to expand our candy line and enter into wholesaling our delicious confections.
To sum it all up, Almost 22 years in business, married to the wonderful Joy for 15 years, plus 3 beautiful kids, Gracie, Ben, & ,Ella who you'll probably see running around the store looking pretty cute if I do say so myself. We are so thankful for all the support we've received and the relationships built over 22 years. Even though the page is called About Us it's really about you too. Without you there wouldn't be a Bradley's, so from the bottom of our heart I say THANK YOU!
Joy, Brad, Gracie, Ben and Ella Hamlett