Now It's OK to Be The Chocolate Library

Remember our story about a month or so ago about how New York State clamped down on a chocolate boutique for using the name "The Chocolate Library"? Well, they've changed their minds. From the New York Times:

This fall the education department — which regulates the use of the words library, school, academy, institute and kindergarten in certificates of incorporation and company names — rejected owner Byron Bennett’s application. The thought was that the store might be confused with one of those places that lends out books or provides free Internet access.

But after a call from Diner’s Journal, officials reconsidered. Mr. Bennett received a letter from the department on Monday telling him that he could amend his business’s incorporated title, Chocolate 101, to reflect the name on his shop’s awning. The shop is located in the East Village at 111 St. Mark's Place.

What’s next for Mr. Bennett? Books, naturally. Before the ruling he had held off selling books about the origins and history of chocolate and how to cook it. He also plans to set up a kiosk where customers can research the international selection of chocolates he sells. He hopes to reach his goal of carrying 100 brands of chocolates.

“We’ll get through Valentine’s first,” Mr. Bennett said.

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