Innovation Hour: A Sugar-Coated Solution
Last year Central Falls filed for bankruptcy. But in the 18th and 19th centuries it was a chocolate manufacturing mecca. One local is aiming to recall that era, selling chocolate bars made in Central Falls. The proceeds? They'll go back into the city.
Mike Ritz is the executive director of Leadership Rhode Island, and the co-founder of Save Chocolateville, an initiative to help support the bankrupt city of Central Falls, RI by capitalizing on the city's long-lost reputation as a chocolate manufacturer. Ritz teamed up with a Central Falls chocolatier to manufacture and sell chocolate bars. He says proceeds from the chocolate bars will go to the children of Central Falls.