The Milk Shake Factory Brings a New Dessert Destination to Downtown Pittsburgh
The Milk Shake Factory’s hand spun milkshakes, chocolates, and sundaes that Pittsburgh enjoys on the South Side will soon be available in the city’s newest skyscraper – The Tower at PNC Plaza.
The Milk Shake Factory by Edward Marc Brands will occupy a new retail space inside The Tower at PNC Plaza located on Fifth Avenue with an opening date set for the first quarter of 2016.
“We made the South Side sweeter, and now we’re making downtown more delicious,” said Dana Edwards Manatos, creator of The Milk Shake Factory and Co-CEO of Edward Marc Brands. “We are all very excited about the opportunity to partner with PNC on this space and contributing to the ongoing revival of our city’s downtown.”
With the opening of the downtown location, The Milk Shake Factory will also launch a brand new look while maintaining the high quality desserts and friendly atmosphere that Pittsburgh has come to know. The updated menu will include imaginative milkshakes, small plate fondue, Italian cream sodas, and a table of handmade chocolates.
The new 2,135 square-foot retail space includes a small event space for special occasions, indoor seating for 50, and outdoor seating for 25 during warm weather months. The Milk Shake Factory at PNC Plaza will serve PNC’s employees and will be open to the public as a downtown destination for tourists and residents alike.
Since 2005, The Milk Shake Factory in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood has been a modern spin on a classic soda fountain. The Milk Shake Factory’s original store is located at 1705 East Carson Street, and store hours are from 11:00am – 10:00pm daily.
Edward Marc Brands Named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000
Our company is honored to have made Inc. Magazine's annual list of the the fastest-growing private U.S. companies at number 769.
With a growth rate of 588 percent, our company ranks 29th in the Food & Beverage category, 17th in Pennsylvania, and 2nd overall in the Pittsburgh metro area.
Thank you for five wonderful years-Pentagon store closing Jan. 29th
As some of you may have heard, after a wonderful five-years of contributing to daily life at the Pentagon, Edward Marc is making the difficult decision to close the store effective January 29, 2015. Please note that all Sweet Rewards program points must be redeemed before January 29, 2015.
The Edwards family and the entire Edward Marc team wishes to express our deepest gratitude and humility for the opportunity to serve you. We have been fortunate to be a part of you and your families’ lives during the holidays or just your afternoon chocolate cravings. Supporting you, our military community, has truly been an honor.
While Edward Marc will no longer have a physical presence within the Pentagon, our salted caramels, Terrapins, and other seasonal products can still be shipped to your homes via online orders from www.edwardmarc.com.
Additionally, we hope that you will continue to follow Edward Marc’s chocolate success story as we focus on our youngest brand, Snappers™. Snappers™ is a pretzel, caramel, and chocolate snack that is available at a retailer near you. For more information on product availability, please like Snappers on Facebook and follow Snappers on Twitter.
We appreciate your service and the work that you do for our country, and we look forward to serving you in the future.
With humble regards,
The Edwards Family and the Edward Marc Team
National Confectioners Association
Salty, Sweet Snappers Snacks Hit Mass Markethttp://2014.candyandsnacktoday.com/CST/ProductSpotlight.shtml
Candy Industry Magazine
State grants to help with $2.5-million investment, which will create a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and 51 new jobs.http://www.candyindustry.com/articles/86479-edward-marc-brands-to-expand
Office of the Governor Press Release
#MakeItInPA: Governor Corbett Announces Food Manufacturer Edward Marc Brands to Expand and Create 51 New Jobs in Allegheny Countyhttp://www.pa.gov
Pittsburgh Business Times
South Side chocolate maker to start Lawrenceville manufacturing facility.http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/10/21/south-side-chocolate-maker-to-start-lawrenceville.html?page=2
Eating Edward Marc Chocolatier
This Halloween, indulge in treats that will do the trick! Try the brand's special sweets, from chocolate pops to dipped Oreo cookies with adorable, festive, candied decals.
Make your wedding even sweeter with artisanal chocolate treats.
Wedding invitations by Edward Marc Chocolatier.
For the Foodie
Pecan Cranberry Terrapins from Edward Marc
Every Day with Rachel Ray
There's no debate here: These election-themed edibles made politics a little easier to swallow.
On The House - Dessert is officially in session! Sink your teeth into lollipop replicas of the U.S. Capitol, cast in dark and milk chocolate.
Pink Salted Caramel Apples, Edward Marc Chocolatier, $15 for set of 3; edwardmarc.com. 100% of proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Glamping Shopping List for Camping
Edward Marc Chocolatier Chocolate-Covered S'mores, $4.50 each; edwardmarc.com
Milkshakes and Meals
This week we took The Milkshake Factory's advice and paired milkshakes with meals. Turns out shakes aren't just good for an afternoon snack or after-the-movie treat! Here in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute we were pleasantly surprised to discover how well they complement more than a burger and fries.
Pittsburgh's Milk Shake Factory shakes things up
Like everything else, shakes no longer come in just vanilla and other simple flavors.
At The Milk Shake Factory on the South Side, which aspires to not only local but also national fame for its shakes, you can choose from at least 55 flavors, including Dulce de Leche and Red Velvet.
On its menu, chocolate and vanilla get the words "classic" put in front of them. If you want to live in the now, try ordering a Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Blueberry, or Peanut Butter and Jelly -- the last being one that was recently made permanent by customer voting via social media.
Martha Stewart Real Weddings
Assorted treats were passed amond the dinner tables.
Statue of Liberty squares by Edward Marc Chocolatier
Chocolate nonpariels by Edward Marc Chocolatier
Washingtonian Bride & Groom
Edward Marc Chocolatier White Chocolate Capitol Dome featured and photographed in “Editor’s Letter,” Summer/Fall 2012 issue
Katie Holmes, 33, rewards Suri, 6, with Edward Marc Chocolatier's candy-topped pops. ($2.50, edwardmarc.com)
Win Anderson’s Mother’s Day Prize Pack
The studio audience, packed with moms, left with special Mother's Day gifts from Red Door Spas, Satya Jewelry, Teleflora, Edward Marc Chocolatier and more. Now, it's time for our viewers and AndersonCooper.com fans to enter for a chance to win these special gifts for any mom!
OK! Gift Guide
Katie Holmes: These Edward Marc Chocolatees are a fave of the famous mom.
Chocolate Pecan Terrapins
From Politics to Sweets
In the HBO film Game Change, an actor plays Chris Edwards, a staffer in the 2008 GOP campaign assigned to Sarah Palin. At the Washington premiere, Edwards rubbed shoulders with movie people and old friends from the political wars. A week or so later, he was hawking chocolate samples at Dean & DeLuca in Georgetown. It turns out Edwards's family has been in the chocolate business since 1914 with Sherman Edwards Candies, based in Pittsburgh. He and siblings Dana Manatos and Mark Edwards initially opted for political careers. All three worked for President George W. Bush, but after the Republican defeat in '08, they jumped into the family business, renaming it Edward Marc Chocolatier and repositioning it with an active website and clients such as Dean & DeLuca and Saks Fifth Avenue. They also landed a contract to be the only chocolate shop in the Pentagon, where their biggest seller is - not surprisingly - chocolate Pentagons. Here's a conversation with Chris Edwards.
Sweet! Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore crave this gourmet candy.
Best Ideas for Christmas
Sweeten the Christmas haul with these hand-made chocolate pops.
Suri Cruise, 5, lost her scoops from Pittsburgh's Milk Shake Factory Oct 3
Watch the Edwards Family appear on Emeril's Table airing October 18th!
The Edwards Family will be making an appearance on the Hallmark Channel's new show hosted by the world famous Chef Emeril Lagasse. Emeril’s Table will feature the Chocolatiers on October 18th at 11:00am on the Hallmark Channel.
Click the link below to preview Emeril’s new show and look out for the Edwards family making their famous Cajun Chocolate Shake. Come to The Milk Shake Factory and try one today!
To check your local listing, search the channel locator at: www.marthastewart.com/marthatv
In Style Magazine
Inside the Day of Indulgence Party
After grabbing a handful of Edward Marc’s salted caramels, Jennifer Garner went on the hunt for kids clothes, picking up pieces from Little Woo. Garner also found a few things for herself, including Cosabella intimates and necklaces from Lizzie Scheck.
New York Times
Check out the Chocolate Navigator recommended by The New York Times.
Stumping For Chocolate
Few former Bush aides still have a foothold in the Pentagon, but Christian Edwards and his sister, Dana Manatos—both of whom were aides for President George W. Bush—are more firmly ensconced there than ever. This time, as chocolatiers.
The Washington Post
Edward Marc Chocolates, based in Pittsburgh, have been crafted since 1914, but the company just opened a shop in the Pentagon concourse (at the Metro entrance) in February. Its pecan caramel terrapins are made with fat Texas nuts and are some of the best turtle confections we've tried. Covered in milk or dark chocolate: 12-ounce box, $20; 20-ounce box, $30. Call 877-488-1808 to order, or go to www.edwardmarc.com.
Source: The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)
Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40
Mark Edwards named to the Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 list.http://40under40pittsburgh.org/?cat=3
Capitol File Magazine
A Sweet Deal
Christian Edwards can tell you the exact page in Sarah Palin’s book where she mentions his peanut butter meltaways.
As Palin’s deputy chief of staff, he stocked the candidate’s plane with chocolate from his family’s company, Edward Marc Chocolatier. “Knowing that Governor Palin felt better after a long day just by eating our chocolate was very rewarding,” says Edwards.
He and his sister, Dana Edwards Manatos (she’s married to Tom Manatos, an advisor to Nancy Pelosi), are fourth-generation chocolate makers who run the company from a chic townhouse in DC’s West End. Their brother Mark is the CFO and oversees manufacturing in Pittsburgh.
Edward Marc Chocolatier offers amazing customized products for weddings. Menus printed on rich slabs of milk, dark, or white chocolate are a delicious twist on the traditional tabletop staple, while medallions with custom monograms can add a sweet touch to cakes, favor boxes, or napkins. In addition to providing unique and delicious accouterments for your big day, Edward Marc will also give 20% of the purchase to your choice of eligible charitable organizations through their One Sweet Gesture Program. Call for lead times and pricing on personalized chocolates; edwardmarc.com, 412.488.1808.
FOX 5 DC
Last Minute Mother’s Day Frenzy at The Pentagon
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is the epicenter of our nation's military and a hub of activity. An estimated 25,000 people work at this largest low-rise office building in the country.
It is also home to more than a dozen shops located in the Pentagon concourse.
The 96-year-old family-owned Edward Marc Chocolatier and Conklyn's Flowers were packed with people Friday, making last minute Mother's Day gift purchases. Both stores report high traffic and huge sales for the Mother's Day holiday.
Make A Marc
KOOKY FOR COCOA: Get on mom’s sweet side with a box of Edward Marc chocolates. The 95-year-old, family-owned company has box sets made especially for Mother’s Day. The Pearl Tower is a 32-piece gourmet assortment of chocolate truffles and roasted almond bark, while the Chocolate Indulgence will bring mommy a year’s worth of all kinds of chocolate treats once a month.
At the Pentagon today -- Edward Marc Chocolatier grand opening: The brother and sister team of Chris Edwards and Dana Edwards Manatos, both alumni of the Bush White House, expand their retail operation to D.C. with the opening of their newest chocolate shop -- inside the Pentagon. Through a competitive process, they were awarded the DOD contract in August 2009. The store serves the nearly 30,000 people who work at the Pentagon daily.http://www.politico.com/playbook/0210/playbook944.html
Rich & Tanecia's Valentine's Day Wedding
"A Valentine's Day wedding would not be complete without a chocolate table by Edward Marc Chocolatier. Our guests were able to fill up a box with the chocolate they liked to take home." - Tanecia, bride
Sneak Peek into Santa's Sexy Stocking
Who doesn't love chocolate? Edward Marc, the prestigious 95-year-old- Pittsburgh-based gourmet chocolatier, is delighted to announce its ongoing charitable initiative, 'One Sweet Gesture', which allows customers to contribute 20 percent of the proceeds from the purchase to the company's partner charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Children's Institute and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Dr. Phil Show
Edward Marc Chocolatier featured on the Dr. Phil Show
Edward Marc Chocolatier was featured on the Dr. Phil show as part of the 'Holiday Surprises' episode . Iron Chef Cat Cora used Edward Marc white and dark chocolate to create her delicious desserts!