Archive for January, 2011

Kakao Maplewood to Open Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 by Brian

No, not on Tuesday — we’re ready, but the weather isn’t. No use anyone risking life and limb for chocolate, with the Storm of the Century on its way to St. Louis.

But yes, we’re going to open the Kakao Maplewood store on Thursday, February 3. Back in November when we signed the lease at 7272 Manchester (right around the corner from Schlafly Bottleworks, between Femme and Bouffant Daddy), we said we were going to open in early February, and no one — probably not even us — believed it could be done. But the team has been hard at work and we’re set.

We know you’re going to love the murals in the new shop. Phil Jarvis has been painting away over the past week, and has created a Kakao tree forest that looks beautiful. Here’s a shot of him working on it.

To alleviate any concern about the Jefferson Avenue store, it is NOT closing. That’s right, two Kakao stores in St. Louis. There seems to be a great demand for all-natural handmade chocolates and confections!

Both stores will make and sell chocolates and confections, the same selection of truffles, sea salt and other caramels, marshmallow pies, and the rest. And, of course, our famous hot chocolate. Right now both shops are gearing up for Valentine’s Day, and we’ll have plenty of truffles and heart boxes and Valentine lollies and lots of other treats.

Kakao Maplewood will be open (starting Thursday) Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Kakao Jefferson will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(We might tweak these hours a bit, so stay tuned, and let us know if you have any comments or questions!)

See you on Thursday after every gets shoveled out from the storm!!


Chocolate and Wine Tasting Class This Saturday!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2011 by Brian

What a great way to kick off 2011, with a chocolate and wine pairing class! You can sign up for our next one, which is this Saturday,  January 8, 2011 at 7 p.m at our Jefferson Avenue location — Kakao Chocolate, 2301 S. Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104 .


(Yes, we need to start thinking about which location, since Kakao is opening a SECOND shop in Maplewood in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information about that soon.)

These classes are always great fun. We’ll guide you through a pairing of handmade chocolate and fine wines, and show you how the classic pairing of the two foods can be elevated to an even higher level by considering the various flavor components available in each. And we’ll match them for you to create an experience that will border on ethereal.

All for $25 per person.

Seating is limited, so call the shop now at 314.771.2310 to reserve your spot.