suzis sweet shoppePHOTO: Susan & Stan Hordych with children, Cassandra & Daniel, the second generation of Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, a gourmet chocolate boutique & gift basket design business, has been chosen as an honoree in the 2018 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award Competition, sponsored by The Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The business was nominated in the retail division, under 10 million in annual sales category. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is located in the Village Mall, 1100 State Route 35, Middletown, N.J. 07748. The telephone number is (732) 796-0115. The website is

Creating premium chocolate is an art that requires great skill, passion & dedication. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe opened in 1998 and is currently celebrating 20 years in business. Since opening, this mecca of sinfully-sweet chocolate has thrived under the steady and energetic leadership of husband and wife team, Suzi and Stan Hordych, the founding generation. The ‘dynamic duo of chocolate’ have developed and refined their unique, hand-dipped chocolates and candy with absolute devotion and manage day-to-day operations. The store now offers over 100 different products, including a gift basket design department, and has 5 employees, including Suzi. “Stan and I are thrilled, along with other family and team members, about this tremendous and prestigious honor,” stated Suzi Hordych. “Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe was built on the love of family combined with the love of chocolate, and I am blessed to be able to do what I love the most everyday….opening the store and making chocolate,” added Susan.

The number of family members involved in the business totals 13, spanning 3 generations including children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews, a key criterion for the New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award. The youngest involved family member is grandson, Evan, 16. Family members at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe help with everything including dipping chocolate, creating attractive window displays, packing & shipping the candy, stocking the shelves, greeting customers, providing one-on-one assistance, and most of all, making Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe a happy & sweet place!

Part of Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, The Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship encourages and supports entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business & non-profit communities through a curriculum recognized as one of the top 20 in the nation. Each year, the institute coordinates an annual awards program as part of the Family Business Forum (FBF), a program started in 1992 to support family businesses. The FBF is designed to provide support to family businesses through a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts about proven strategies for successfully owning and operating a family business through outcome-oriented educational programs and seminars.

The formal awards ceremony for all business honorees will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey. The overall winner of the 2018 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award will also be revealed at the event. More information on the awards program, attendance at the event, and the offerings of the Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, is available by visiting or by calling (973) 443-8842.


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