Niagara Gazette — A little chocolate company from Niagara Falls is going prime time.
Mary Ann Hess, owner of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, fresh from a triumphant visit to the Daytime Emmys in April, where she rubbed elbows with Hollywood’s glitterati and talked up Niagara Falls with whomever she met, has been invited to share her chocolates at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
Whether it’s the sweetness of her product or her personality that drew the invite, the stars seemed to really enjoy Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets at the Daytime Emmy show. Alex Trebec, host of “Jeopardy,” hung out for about half an hour at Hess’s table in the celebrity gift room, where she was handing out chocolates. Betty White stopped by to chat with her, and she even met the popular TV doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Then a lady came up to her and asked if she could have some chocolates for a friend. Hess asked who the friend was. The lady said simply “Francis Ford Coppola.” Coppola is the acclaimed movie producer and director of “The Godfather.” “I gave her a whole bag,” Hess laughed.
The whole gift suit idea involves merchants setting up booths and giving free items to stars who are participating in the productions. “The way I understand it,” Hess said “it’s hard for celebrities to go shopping without fans gathering, so they like the gift suites where they can see new merchandise and talk to vendors.”
“The networking opportunities are pretty amazing,” she added. “I met Melody Scott from the ‘Young and Restless,’ and when I got back home she called me and said, ‘you have to do my daughter’s bridal shower.’ “
“I asked her when it was and she said, ‘Saturday,’ “ Hess added, noting that Scott had called on the Monday before the event. With a little hard work, Hess was able to send tea cups to match the Mad Hatter theme of the shower, filled with edible chocolate framed photos of the future bride and the groom.