Locally-owned chocolate businesses Cocobean Chocolate and Gourlay's Sweet Shop have enjoyed excellent sales during the Easter period.
The two beloved sweet shops have had stock flying out the doors all week in the lead-up to Easter as the community supports local businesses.
Gourlay's Sweet Shop co-owner Anita Wood said trade had been great for the store, with the large sized chocolate treats proving a hit for shoppers.
"It started off a bit slower this year but the last two weeks especially this week [it's been] frantic ... usually on Saturday I have quite a bit left but this year I am not going to have much [stock] left," she said.
"We've got lots of unique stuff, lots of people have been buying [the] really big bunnies for their kids and so all our big stuff is gone which is good."
Cocobean Chocolate store manager Emma Roberts echoed those thoughts and said they were grateful to their customers.
"It's been amazing, we have a really loyal customer base and they've stayed true to form and supported us, it's been monumental and not what we expected on the back of last year," she said.
"We're feeling very grateful."
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Last year, Easter was thrown array as COVID-19 impacted businesses and Easter celebrations for families.
Both businesses said they had were experiencing a vastly different Easter compared to last year which was hampered by the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's been a different kind of demand this year, just because of the nature of COVID people were opting for online and sending gift packs ... we've been lucky that we've survived but also thrived," Ms Roberts said.
"Last year, we were in the start of the lockdown and we didn't know how Easter was going to go, we ended up closing on Easter Saturday because we weren't an essential service but then Mr Gutwein said the Easter bunny wasn't cancelled and we sold all our eggs," Ms Wood said.
Ms Wood said that she was grateful for the support of the local shoppers and tourists.
"We're really proud and we've had some good girls helping my [husband] doing the eggs and the painting and they've done a good job and local people have been supporting us as well," she said.
Ms Roberts said that the store was really proud to be a locally owned business.
"It is something we're really proud of that we are that we are a locally owned business, it's run by a Tasmanian family."
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