This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
With more than 60 million residents in a land mass slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, England is a popular destination for many Americans. Robin and Elizabeth Grey, both originally from England, moved to Utah in 1997. The Greys continued making frequent trips to England, and every time they did, their friends and neighbors would ask them to brink back things like Cadbury Chocolates and Hob Nobs. Since Robin and Elizabeth were bringing back so many items other people had requested, they decided to start a business of importing goods from England.
The Greys officially began importing goods three years ago to sell in London Market, their Salt Lake City store. London Market not only sells English chocolates, but other items like British cereals, biscuits, custard powders and spreads as well.
It's no wonder so many people like chocolate from England. Did you know London has been selling chocolate since 1657, and chocolate as we know it today was created in 1847 in Bristol? Milk chocolate didn't come until later, when Swiss manufacturer Daniel Peters combined cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sugar and milk powder to form the milder and sweeter tasting treat.
Aside from selling popular food items and British collectibles, the Greys have opened an antique store that specializes in selling British antiques. Robin's contact in the United Kingdom is one of the most well known antique buyers in the Midlands, and he helps find the best antiques. Most of the store's pieces come from house clearances, better known to us as estate sales. The store virtually cuts out the middleman and is able to offer thousands of antiques at reasonable prices. The motto for the antique store is "fun to browse, affordable to own." Robin tells me that for a few hundred dollars it is possible to buy all kinds of interesting and well-built furniture that will last a lifetime.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.