How can you have never been to the beach?

Written by ken hohstadt. Posted in Waldport

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Many years ago I was in Lakewood Colorado taking a seven week class for telecommunications. It was so amazing to get to see some of the beauty that Colorado has to offer. After talking with several of the locals about things to do in the area I was asked a lot about Oregon. So many people I spoke with had never been to Oregon but that’s not the really crazy thing. After explaining about our amazing mountains, awesome places to fish and camp I would start to talk about the Oregon coast. I was shocked to learn that so many people in that area had never seen the ocean. How is that possible I asked myself. Having always lived somewhat close to the ocean I guess it’s easy to take it for granted. The beauty of the waves crashing and sand between your toes is just something everyone needs to experience in there lives. We are so lucky to get to live here in Waldport, Oregon. Miles of beaches and hidden coastal gems await you. Just a few miles south is the amazing little coastal town called Yachats. Great food, hotels and shopping await you. If you travel seven miles north of Waldport you will get to Newport, Oregon. This is where this picture was taken by Ken Gagne of Yachats. The artist Gagne is one of the most amazing photographers I have seen.  In 2012 he captured this incredible sunset at the South Beach Marina. Make sure and take a trip to the Oregon coast. Everyone should experience the beach.

How we started our candy store- Making of The Chocolate Frog

Written by ken hohstadt. Posted in product review, Uncategorized, Waldport

I get asked on a daily basis why we named the store The Chocolate Frog. Is it a Harry Potter store is the most asked question and guess what we have nothing to do with Harry Potter what so ever. In fact how the store ended up with it’s strange and unique name is well let’s just go back a little. My wife and I were in Nevada on the way home from just getting married. We stopped at border town and found a adorable Golden Pond Tree frog. We decided that every year on our honeymoon we would find another frog to add to our collection.

golded pondWe were working together managing local organization here in Waldport, Oregon. We were talking about starting a business locally and wanted something unique. Funny enough this great coast town didn’t have a candy store.

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Neither of us have had a candy store before so where to start? Well we started by checking out stores up and down the coast. Our idea of bringing something fun and different was closer than we knew.

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This guy was the first item we purchase for the store over a year before we even came up with the business name. Our main focus was to be a rain forest themed shop. The rainforest “Don’t Say Goodbye” This great picture is now and always will be hanging on the wall for everyone to enjoy.

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We spent a lot of time researching the perfect location for our little idea to come to light. At some point we would have to name our baby and after writing down a huge list of ideas my wife says it. The Chocolate Frog It was so perfect for what this little candy store is all about.  We also decided to try something that is not seen a lot on the coast. We price our items for the locals and not the tourism trade. This would help the local economy and help ensure any chance of us surviving the long winters.  We got very lucky and found a great little store that needed a little sweat or should I say sweet equity and bam! The Chocolate Frog was born on July 3rd 2014.

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Just starting out we still don’t have everything we would like to offer but as time goes on our list of available products will grow. Currently we offer twenty nine flavors of salt water taffy and amazing old fashioned candy’s. Remember candy buttons or bubblegum cigars? They’re here along with several great imported items like German chocolates, jams and mustards. We also carry some of the most amazing hand made chocolates you have ever had. All made here on the Oregon coast. Sea Foam, salted caramels and fudge are just a few of the options available at The Chocolate Frog.

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We just added a online website so everyone can enjoy our products. www.thechocolatefrog.org We ship directly to anyone in the United States for a low flat rate shipping fee of $6.95.

Thanks to all our friends and family that have helped make this dream a reality.

Much Love,

Ken and Leslie Hohstadt