In Member Spotlight

Southern Ocean Chamber Close-up is a brief introspective on why our members do what they do. This year, for our Chocolate Week Program, we are highlighting participating members to share their seasonal specials, promotions, events and professional stories. Our Chocolate Week Program will take place February 10th-17th and will encourage locals and visitors to visit and enjoy local businesses. For more information on this program, visit:

Charisma’s Cookies, located at 455 Rt 9 South in Tuckerton, is a bake shop specializing in cookies. In addition to their mouth-watering cookies, they offer specialty cakes, macarons, cake pops, donuts and hand pies, granola and pop tarts! All of their items are made fresh daily and you can now find their sweet treats at The Local Market & Kitchen. Planning a large event or wedding? Charisma’s Cookies has your covered! They offer “dessert tables” with a variety of treats from macaron towers to 3-tier cakes.

“I started a cookie company because my late grandmother’s secret cookie recipes were just that good!” owner Michelle Dellaperute shared. The company was given Michelle’s middle name: Charisma, “and that’s why Charisma will always be the secret ingredient,” she added. Dellaperute decided after her youngest son started kindergarten to pursue her passion for baking and get her culinary arts degree. “Now, I’ve combined secret family recipes and a love for baking with formal training in classical French pastry arts. So now everything looks as good as it tastes,” Dellaperute remarked.

​In honor of Chocolate Week, Charisma’s Cookies will be offering a Chocolate Lovers class at The Local Market & Kitchen on February 11th at 5:45-8:00 p.m. Learn how to make chocolate 3 ways by making handmade chocolate truffles, foolproof chocolate sauce (ganache) and an icing for cakes. Email [email protected] or call (609) 709-1451 to reserve your spot! Also, pick up a chocolate lovers box of Macarons to buy for Valentine’s day! A box of 5 includes: chocolate strawberry, chocolate raspberry, white chocolate, chocolate brownie and dark chocolate.

For more information on Charisma’s Cookies, visit:, or follow them on social media @charismascookies. Make sure to stop by and support local businesses for all of your Valentine’s Day celebrations! For a full list of participating businesses and to view specials and offerings, visit: