by Mabel Suen
On any given weekday at the new Clayton location of Kakao Chocolate (7700 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-726-7974), business-attired professionals wander in to eyeball the wall-to-wall spread of handmade chocolates, candies and assorted treats after lunch at neighboring businesses including Niche and Pastaria.
The third storefront from local artisan chocolatier Brian Pelletier supplements his production kitchens in south city and Maplewood, serving as a retail storefront that lends an exciting new element to the sweets equation: coffee.
See also: Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open
For the perfect pairing with one of Kakao's all-natural truffles or packaged snacks, choose from coffee options including double espresso, lattes or a cappuccino infused with a housemade syrup: chocolate, burnt caramel, lavender, chai or vanilla bean. Kakao also offers scoops of Serendipity Ice Cream topped with dessert sauces.
The in-store choco-loaded stock includes tabletops filled with everything from Kakao's beloved sea-salt caramels to chocolate barks and bars, pate de fruit, cocoa grilling rub and even chocolate-infused bath products, lip balm and pencils
Kakao Chocolate's Clayton location is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Kakao Chocolate website and follow it via Facebook.
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