Kids looking for candy stores should keep walking when they spy this upscale chocolate shop; it’s not meant for them. Siblings Michael and Rick Mast affect a studious approach – waistcoats, long beards, all that – and that’s reflected in their elegant lab-like, minimalist shop with its dark wooden counters and blackboard outlining the provenance and treatment of the cacao used.
In the front showroom there’s a small, enticing truffle counter, but the main attraction is the chocolate bar, given a huge table in the middle of the room. Bars are neatly stacked, spaced just so, the only differentiating factor being printed wrappers denoting flavours or blends. In the background is the factory, where workers can be seen diligently wrapping bars of chocolate in gold foil.
If you haven’t ingested enough chocolate, a couple of doors down the brothers operate a Chocolate Brew Bar where you can order a warming cup of hot chocolate or the more unusual and highly recommended chocolate tea: cacao nibs steeped in hot water.