Anna Davies of Ritual Chocolate
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
“It’s important to be kind and give people your time. Everyone is going through something and it's important to respect, not judge, and be present with the people around you.”
Who are you and what do you do?
I'm Anna Davies and I am a founder/owner of Ritual Chocolate in Park City. Really, I do a little bit of everything here at Ritual. I oversee the day to day operations of the cafes, production and our sales and marketing, while working on bigger picture business development. It's all a daily juggle and I love the challenges and versatility that each day brings.
Why do you do what you do?
I think what has motivated and driven me to grow and develop Ritual has changed through the years. When I started Ritual in 2010, I was driven by sheer passion for chocolate making and the endeavor to create the best single origin dark chocolate on the market, and while that is still there, I'm motivated to create a company that can offer more to it’s team, customers, and local community.
What are your passions in life?
I love to get outside and be active every day, be it hiking, biking or skiing. Cuddling with my giant drooly newfoundland when I get home. I also love to cook, it feels so nurturing after a long day. I also play guitar and have been getting into watercolor painting recently. Finding time to be creative every day is so good for the soul, even if it's for 5 mins.
How did you get to where you are now?
Perseverance. I really knew nothing about business when I started Ritual and just kept learning and problem solving along the way. It's amazing what you can achieve when you just don't give up. My motto to myself each day is "Just keep going" It's a simple one, but reminds me I can get through anything. What I love and is difficult about Ritual, is that there are always new and different problems to solve as we grow, so there is always something I'm tackling that is totally new territory for me and out of my comfort zone.
Who or what inspires you?
I think anyone that is following their passion.
How do you unwind?
I love to do a short dog walk when I get home to get out and get some fresh air, and then cooking and playing guitar.
What's your typical routine?
I like to get up early and be active, so depending on the time of year, it could be a nordic ski, run with the dogs or strength training. Then I always take time to sit for a moment to drink my morning coffee and enjoy breakfast. It’s the quiet lull before the
day gets busy. Once I get to the factory, every day is very different depending on what’s happening. When I get home, I love to take the dogs for a walk to unwind from the day and then I usually hop into cooking dinner. I try get in some creative time after dinner, so playing guitar or painting.
What have you been reading lately?
(If on social media) Who do you love to follow and why?
I just started following Patti Smith @thisispattismith. The way she writes about small daily moments is just beautiful.
Favorite places to travel?
I go back to England once a year to visit family and I’ve really been enjoying taking a bit more time to explore more places around the country. There is so much to see and experience, even in the small villages. I like to explore on my bike if I can.
Stay in and cook or go out?
Stay in and cook. I love trying out new recipes. Throw in a whiskey soda and some good music and I'm in my happy place.
What makes you NaNa? (What motivates you to do what you do)
I think I’m motivated to better myself. I think it’s important to always be striving to learn more, adapt to new situations and grow.
I heard a quote recently that said, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.” And it really stuck with me, as it says to me, instead of feeling overwhelmed or frustrated when things get hard, think about how you can adapt and take on a new challenge. The more you can handle and take on whether it’s a project you are working
on or a business, the more of an impact you can make.
Do you have a personal mantra?
Kill with kindness. It’s important to be kind and give people your time. Everyone is going through something and it's important to respect, not judge and be present with the people around you. We'd all get a lot more accomplished and be happier if we had a bit more empathy. I feel like there is a tendency in business to feel like you have to be hard on people in order to lead and negotiate, but really, I think it’s all about engaging and understanding what customers need and what motivates your team.
What's coming up for you next?
This year is going to be a big one for Ritual (back to those “getting out of my comfort zone” moments). We are expanding our café and factory and releasing some really awesome new products. So I’ve got my head down and am planning, plotting everything out these next few months.
Photos by Blake Peterson