Revamped chocolatier in South Barrington ‘like a jewelry store’ of treats

Following obtaining and revamping a chocolatier in South Barrington, a suburban businessman now strategies to grow to Barrington. Mauricio Andrade of North Barrington owns the chocolate store Cocolotte in the The Arboretum of South Barrington, off Higgins Road and Route 59. The small business utilized to be Anna Shea Chocolates, […]

Following obtaining and revamping a chocolatier in South Barrington, a suburban businessman now strategies to grow to Barrington.

Mauricio Andrade of North Barrington owns the chocolate store Cocolotte in the The Arboretum of South Barrington, off Higgins Road and Route 59. The small business utilized to be Anna Shea Chocolates, which Andrade acquired in March.

The identify “Cocolotte” arrives from combining Andrade’s daughter Chloe’s nickname, Coco, and his other daughter’s name, Charlotte.

Andrade set off to remodel the shop’s decor as perfectly as its offerings.

Previously dim and frilly, now it has a white color scheme and white marble glass displays, “like a jewelry keep,” he reported.

Andrade said he retained all of the earlier staff members, who proceed to use the exact same recipes to make sweets and bonbons.

He is also expanding the lineup of housemade sweets.

Anna Shea marketed cupcakes and gelato acquired from other firms, Andrade said. Cocolotte will make its have cupcakes and will launch its individual gelato, in all probability up coming 7 days, he mentioned.

In January, he hopes to add in-dwelling macaroons and more pastries, like clairs.

“They (Anna Shea) experienced large-high-quality items and we are going to increase much more large-high-quality,” he claimed. “We decided to do our very own, due to the fact we want to stand by the freshness and the top quality.”

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Meanwhile, Andrade is also working on opening a new area at 122 W. Northwest Highway in Barrington, in the previous Carpet Mill developing.

The Barrington village board before this 7 days granted a specific use for the house, enabling it to turn out to be a retail chocolate shop in the front with preparation and shipping spots in the again. Andrade claimed he hopes to open all around June.

Suzanne Corr, president and CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, explained the group is setting up a ribbon-reducing for the South Barrington Cocolotte at 4 p.m. Dec. 7.

“Who would not adore chocolate?” Corr said. “We are usually delighted to see people today do well. Chocolate and extravagant chocolate and reward chocolate is a little something that would seem to be on everybody’s list through the overall 12 months.”

Andrade has a special tale: He was born in Brazil and fulfilled his Filipina spouse although dwelling in the Philippines. The pair moved to Las Vegas, exactly where they lived for 15 years until eventually Andrade retired from a corporation that builds slot machines. They moved to North Barrington in 2016.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“We resolved to transfer due to the fact Vegas is not a pleasant position to raise a relatives,” he stated. “We ended up looking around and we discovered the suburbs in the Chicago spot — and we fell in adore.”

Andrade explained he did some consulting and eventually made a decision he wished to start out earning gelato, which he enjoys.

He took numerous excursions to Italy in 2018 and early 2019 to exploration aged loved ones recipes in gelato stores in tiny cities, he said.

“When you get in close proximity to (these outlets) you say, ‘What is this smell? It smells like strawberry.’ When they make a flavor, most people all over the store for 100 feet can odor it, due to the fact the scent is unbelievable.”

Andrade claimed he experienced signed a deal with a shopping mall in the North suburbs to open up a gelato kiosk, but the program was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I mentioned, ‘I need to start out about just after the pandemic,'” he stated. “Then, I noticed that Anna Shea was for sale and I explained, ‘Wow, let’s go there.'”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Katheleen Knopf

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