Mother’s Day weekend once again marked the date of the Adel Chocolate Walk. This was the fifth year of the event and took place on Saturday, May 12 at six businesses in Adel.


Participating businesses included Adel Healthmart, Brick Street Books and Cafe, Brick Street Bakery, Salvage This, Studio Q 360 and Adel Quilting and Dry Goods. Stormy weather clouded much of central Iowa on Saturday, but people still got out for the event and Marion Conover, an employee at Adel Healthmart, said he thought there were even more people this year than last.


Attendees picked up a passport at one of the businesses and made their way to each location to shop, learn more about the businesses, try chocolate desserts and pick up a recipe card to make them at home. Those who completed their passports were entered into a drawing to win a prize from a participating business.


Jane Clausen, owner and pharmacist at Adel Healthmart, was one of the original founders of the event five years ago, but said that each business involved plays an equal part in planning the event.


“I just think it’s a fun thing for the community,” Clausen said. “We kind of started it as a way for people to maybe shop with their moms or kind of tie it to Mother’s Day a little bit.”


Clausen said that over the last five years, not a lot has changed with the event due to how successful it has been the way it is. She said that the event provides good exposure for the businesses that are involved.


“There’s a lot of people, especially in Adel, a lot of new people to town,” Clausen said. “So it helps people that maybe don’t know we’re here come in.”