About Connie Desaulniers Williamsburg, VA
The joy of embracing
my neurotic side.
As an art major during my fourth year at the College of William and Mary, I decided to join the business world instead. This turned out to be a wise change of plans.
Three concurrent jobs my senior year (in retail and advertising) paved the way to my newly adopted corporate dream. I subsequently spent 14 years in marketing at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA, then started my own marketing business.
I created art for therapy. Clients, budgets and deadlines meant I needed a lot of "therapy". So, I joined an artist group led by renowned painter Barclay Sheaks, tapped the fodder of my frantic lifestyle, and embraced my neurotic side.
What an epiphany. My marketing business received a creative jolt, and the delirium led to a joint venture with my newly-retired chef/husband, Marcel Desaulniers: a chocolate cafe' appropriately named MAD about Chocolate. We served Marcel's decadent desserts and lunch, plus the cafe was my personal gallery.
We sold MAD about Chocolate January 2016, so Marcel could retire for a second time (he previously owned The Trellis Restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square, and authored 10 cookbooks, including the award-winning Death by Chocolate).
Now I have more time to create art in Williamsburg's thriving art scene. Fortunately, I still need therapy.
Alter-egos just wanna have fun.
From "Eat, Drink and Be What you Want".