Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates adds to ESPY swag bags

The Cocoa Dolce boxes that will go in ESPY gift bags have a special high-five wrap just for the sports awards.

The Cocoa Dolce boxes that will go in ESPY gift bags have a special high-five wrap just for the sports awards.

WICHITA – Beth Tully has had opportunities to include items from her Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates in swag bags, such as for the Grammys and Emmys, but she would have had to pay for the privilege.

Tully, who owns the shop in Bradley Fair and the new one in the Prairiefire development in Overland Park, didn’t think it would be wise to spend thousands on the hopes that a few famous people might get to know and like her chocolates.

“I mean, it’s crazy,” she says of what it costs.

Now, though, Tully has been invited to include her products in some giveaways for ESPN’s ESPY awards.

“It was really serendipitous,” Tully says of an Internet search leading to her website.

She’s now donated gifts of chocolates and gift cards for 150 bags that will be given in conjunction with the awards. Other companies that have included gifts in the bags include Fitbit, TiVo and Foxwoods.

“This is the first time that we’ve done anything at that level,” Tully says of the number of bags.

“I’m hoping the redemption is going to be pretty high,” she says of the cards.

Tully says she’d be happy if 10 to 25 percent of the cards were redeemed.

“Fingers crossed.”

Tully may not need to cross her fingers if previous luck follows her.

“These opportunities kind of continue to roll our way,” she says of her almost decade-old business.

Tully also is having success with her new store, which is not quite two months old.

She says at various times, 100 people would be standing in the shop.

“Those first two to three weeks, we literally were like deer in the headlights,” Tully says.

July typically isn’t as popular a month for chocolate sales as, say, December would be. The new store is an exception, though.

“We’re doing early December volume, and normally December is our biggest month of the year,” Tully says.

Tully calls business “amazing,” but she says it comes with a lot of hard work.

For instance, Tully and her husband, Jay, spent part of the July Fourth holiday sprucing up her shop.

“I don’t want to say we’re living a charmed life.”