The thing that most surprised us when getting into chocolate was how *much* we had to become mechanics & financial analysts & chemists and all kinds of other things. We've imported equipment from Italy and Peru. We've done custom projects for really great coffee companies (*ahem* Death Wish). We've added all kinds of 3 phase power to our current building. And we've figured out the intricacies of all the things you can (and can't!) add to chocolate.
Hint, you can't add very much honey or it will seize. Hint, soaking nibs in whiskey takes a long time.
Making what we feel is great chocolate, ethically sourced has drawn on all of our skills. Mary did packaging and graphic design. Sara majored in political science and then interior design. Michael majored in computer science and then got an MBA. It's required everything we have to get where we are today.
We've had to add a few more things to our repertoire to get a building built / restored. But look where it is!
We're almost there. Just a few more weeks of construction and we'll be ready to move.
First, we had to make an absolute mess of things—
Then we had to layer in everything we needed for a chocolate business & cafe & speakeasy & event space & outdoor seating—
Then it was time for a break.
Mary and Sara said they had to have a "meeting".
But really, we worked to have everything we needed while preserving & restoring the historical nature of the building. Those mason jars were full of mixtures to match our new wood with our old!
While giving a few views into our chocolate madness—
And getting ready to warm by the fire (some day when it's cold)—
And adding a few touches of our own—
But we haven't forgotten about the most important things! New dishes—
And beautiful wood on which to serve them—
Lonely garbage can won't be lonely much longer—
We'll see you at the end of July! We'll announce opening parties and sneak peaks soon!
- Mary, Michael & Sara