Niagara Gazette — Mary Ann Hess is proof that if you work hard at your dreams, eventually you're going to get somewhere great.
In this case, that somewhere is really great — the presidential inauguration planned for Washington DC, on Jan. 20.
Hess, owner of Niagara Honeymoon Sweets, has been invited to send her chocolates to an Inaugural Celebration at the Fairmont Hotel. When partygoers enter the "Taste of New York" room, they'll be able to sample the chocolate medallions she makes that are molded with an image of the world famous Niagara Falls.
It all started when Hess received an email from The New York State Society, which is holding the inaugural event.
Beverly Ann Frey, vice president of the society, had been visiting friends when she stopped at the Made in America Store in Elma and spotted Niagara's Honeymoon Sweets there. "I saw her display and thought, oh, what a lovely thing to have at our event."
The New York State Society's gala could be one of the dozen or so events the newly elected president will attend the evening preceding his public inauguration, Frey said. No one knows exactly where the president will go that night, but after the elections the many organizations sponsoring events will apply to be sanctioned as a possible place for the president to party.
"We would love if that would happen," Frey said of the sanctioning.
So too would Hess, who has been working diligently for the last eight years to grow her company, working the entire time at her day job as a barber/beautician at Bucky's Barbershop on Hyde Park Boulevard. But, as proof that hard work pays off, her success as a chocolatier has been growing in the most unexpected and rewarding ways.