Maribel Lieberman is the founder of MarieBelle New York, and to this day, its most inspired doyenne. From her first chocolate shop in Soho, Maribel’s passion for discovering and sharing new flavors, has seen her continually reinvent how we enjoy chocolate. Lieberman lives in Soho in New York City with her husband, artist Jacques Lieberman and their daughter.
Maribel’s passion for confections started at an early age when as an eight-year-old child, she would make sugar candies and sell them to neighborhood children in her native Honduras. Her New York story began at the Parsons School of Design where Maribel’s love for fashion and design would take her on a jaunt in the fashion industry, followed by five years running her own elegant catering company – Maribel’s Gourmet Cuisine. This paved the way for her discovery of chocolate as a lifelong passion.
Maribel’s first New York City storefront, Lunettes et Chocolat, was a shop focused on both designer chocolates and glasses. Following this, Maribel’s bug for entrepreneurism led her to open her pride and joy, MarieBelle New York’s Soho shop, in 2002. And the future is equally delicious with the addition of Cacao Market in Brooklyn and the Japanese transplants of both stores in Kyoto.
Maribel’s advances as a female chocolatier have not gone unnoticed, with Inc. Magazine naming MarieBelle New York as one of “the fastest growing private companies in America” in 2012 and Oprah Winfrey herself giving accolades to her products in her highly coveted “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”