Sweet Designs Chocolatier owner marks 25 years as business grows during Covid times (photos, video)

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – For many folks, coronavirus posed challenges, closed businesses, changed lives.



a close up of a keyboard: Ines Rehner's Sweet Designs Chocolatier has changed its business model, but the Lakewood shop is doing well. And the challenges of coronavirus aren't phasing the owner, who learned about hardship growing up in what is now Croatia.


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Ines Rehner’s Sweet Designs Chocolatier has changed its business model, but the Lakewood shop is doing well. And the challenges of coronavirus aren’t phasing the owner, who learned about hardship growing up in what is now Croatia.

Ines Rehner took it in stride.

Rehner’s Sweet Designs Chocolatier has flipped its business model upside down. She has shifted from 90% walk-in and 10% shipping business to the other way around. She works with companies and customers to offer unique packages highlighting messages and logos.



a man cooking in a kitchen preparing food: Sweet Designs Chocolatier workers create the chocolates on the premises.


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Sweet Designs Chocolatier workers create the chocolates on the premises.

She attributes her ability to survive and succeed on a foundation built on hardship, coupled with continuing determination and creativity. Those traits have served her well: Rehner is marking 25 years in business.

She emigrated to

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