Before too long, many of her customers were more interested in the chocolates. The medical illustrations make up a tiny portion of her business now. The most unusual request, she said, was a woman who wanted a chocolate placenta.
“Even for me, that’s a little different,” Pavlatos joked.
She didn’t have any experience making chocolate but figured it out by trial and error, reading and researching online. The business started in her basement but has recently moved into a larger kitchen on West Main Street.
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She now works with a small part-time staff that makes chocolates one or two days a week. The business doesn’t have a storefront and only sells the chocolates online.
Sarah Donahue and David Diment started working part-time for the company in September after seeing an ad.
“It’s hard to pass up a part-time job as a chocolatemaker in Springfield,” Donahue said. “You have to go for that.”
Visual Anatomy makes more than 20 anatomically correct chocolates. They’re also available in themed packages like a nine-piece bone box and a four-piece “Gettin’ Old” assortment that includes a hip, eye, knee and a brain.
Pavlatos tries new options, even if they don’t all pan out. A zombie set wasn’t as big a seller as she expected, but she still has fun creating new designs.
“Most people are just really excited and can’t believe they exist,” she said about the chocolates.
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