Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline Village is bracing for the busiest rush of the year: Valentine’s Day. There will be a line out the door of this small, pretty shop, awash nowadays in pinks and reds, milks and darks, hearts and Cupids.
But things didn’t always run this smoothly for its owner, Nur Kilic. A struggling candymaker in 1988, working in a 300-square-foot shop, Kilic was trying to perfect the Viennese truffle, but its three layers wouldn’t hold together. Today, the Viennese is her signature piece, and it began as a labor of love. What had once bedeviled her would become a lifesaver for both her business and her life.