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Shop Talk: Lots of chocolate in Palo Alto

Original post made on Feb 11, 2013

A high-end chocolate shop is scheduled to open this week in downtown Palo Alto in the former space of hair and makeup studio Mimi & Taylor Salon at 522 Bryant St.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2:07 PM

Comments (22)

Posted by Dr. W, a resident of Stanford
on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Let's hope all of these chocolates are Fair Trade. Owners, what do you have to say?!? Surely, we in Palo Alto can all pay higher prices to ensure fair trading practices and safe labor conditions for those who farm our First World indulgences!


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

No surprise about Boston Market. And all I can say about the post above is, WOW. "We" in Palo Alto can NOT "all" pay higher prices. What an elitist comment! I have lived in Palo Alto for 39 years, and I am sickened at the direction this once diverse community is heading.


Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

I recently had a conversation with the owner of TCHO, (in the City, Pier 17) and suggested he look into opening a store in our area...too late now! Our locals have already seen the light! Yummy chocolate! I don't care who brings it as long as it's good! LOL!


Posted by Penny , a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

Our family LOVES Monique's choclates. We bicycle from south Palo Alto to nosh on their decadent truffles and lovely hot chocolate. The owner is a terrific guy. My daughters have learned so much from him about how excellent chocolate is made. They enjoy watching the chocolates being prepared. It's a wonderful experience. AND their chocolates are peanut-free, which is really important to our family. We are so grateful to have a local chocolatier who offers such an outstanding chocolate and is sensitive to the nut allergy problem.

Also, they do events! Monique's provided an array of custom-made amazing sweets for my daughter's bat mitzvah recently. They were so great to work with.

I HIGHLY recommend Monique's!!!!


Posted by Augustus Gloop, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I'm investing in companies that are going to do well from the impending Type II diabetes increase. Elder care as well.
Eat up! Just in time for summer swim suit season :)


Posted by Belgique, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I hope they have Belgian chocolates other than Godiva. In Brussels, Godiva chocolate does not even compare to the other chocolates made there. it is not even considered truly high quality chocolate in Belgium.


Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Dear Mr. Augustus Gloop >>>>>

So sorry to disappoint you, but I won a golden ticket.
AND rumor has it Johnny Depp will be reprising the role of tour guide.
AND blue is my color!


Posted by Is it kosher, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Are they kosher, penny? Or did you serve treif at a bat mitzvah?


Posted by Nea Gina, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

San Francisco is a mere 30 miles from Palo Alto. What makes San Francisco unique is the array of neighborhoods. If you wanted an Italian meal you would go to North Beach, where every other store front is an Italian restaurant. If you wanted a Chinese meal you would go to China Town which has 24 blocks of food and small shops. There are at least 10 coffee shops in Palo Alto of which half are Peet's coffee and the other half Starbucks. They are not businesses that are failing, if anything it brings more business to the neighborhood. The uniqueness of coffee beans and in this case cocoa beans is what will bring more people to this particular area. Why not have a cocoa neighborhood in Palo Alto? Now that would be unique!! I say welcome Alegio, having competition brings in better quality chocolates.


Posted by James, a resident of University South
on Feb 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I've tried all these high price chocolate, but nothing beats a good old Hershey chocolate bar with almonds!


Posted by Como, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Doesn't Coupa Cafe make their own chocolate too?


Posted by Chocolate lover, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Nothing on any continent beats Mary See's chocolate! There used to be two See's stores downtown . One sold things like candied apples and caramel corn. Anyone else been in town 65 years that also remembers?


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I think See's was before my time, but I remember a MacFarlane's on ECR in Mountain View.


Posted by Another See's Lover, a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 1:47 am

Chocolate Lover, there are still See's shops in Stanford Shopping Center, on El Camino just south of Showers/Whole Foods in Mountain View, and in the Sequoia Shopping Center on El Camino in Redwood City, among other places. They're probably not "upscale" enough to pay downtown PA rents anymore, which suits my pocketbook just fine! (And I'll be in line again in the next day or two myself.)


Posted by Native, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

A shame about Boston Market closing. I have 3 kids and it would often bail me out of having to cook dinner. However, Safeway offers nearly the same packaged goods for less money.

Glad to read th someone else notices that Godiva chocolates are crap quality! I've always thought the chocolates are all packaging!


Posted by Linda C, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

Please support child /slave labor free chocolate production. I put a few helpful sites below. Think of the extra expense as a donation to a global cause.

Web Link

Web Link Scroll down for a list (updated 2009)


Posted by Chrisc, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

To como: my understanding is that Coupa cafe's chocolates are not made here, but the owner has them made to his specifications (or it's his enterprise) in Venezuela. They are delicious. Nordstrom also sells some fine chocolates.


Posted by Pat Markevitch, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

The See's on University back in the 60's only sold See's candies. It was located next door to a store which sold carmelcorn and candies apples as well as many other items.


Posted by John, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 18, 2013 at 12:48 am

Alegio is a very nice place. I used to drive 45 minutes to get some chocolate, now it is only 15 minutes away. I am very excited for the opening of this chocolate shop, they have an excellent quality product.


Posted by Alexander, a resident of Meadow Park
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

There is a woooorld of chocolate out there! And then, in a remote corner of the global village, in a tiny volcanic island off the coast of equatorial Africa there is Claudio Corallo, an Italian born tropical agronomist who has taken on the worlds' largest manufactures and started a personal crusade to produce the pure chocolate that our grandparents used to enjoy. And it is his true story, from the heart of the Congolese Jungle to the islands of Sao Tome & Principe to guide you along the discovery of a cacao unlike any other!! Go and taste for yourelves! I am ecstatic and can't wait to go back again. Alegio-Claudio Corallo welcome to Palo Alto!


Posted by Teresa Bozikis , a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Different strokes for different folks... I favor Alegio and I always go the distance for quality.


Posted by Panos for Alegio Alegio Chocolaté-Claudio Corallo, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Yes, our chocolate is Fair Trade, organic & slave labor free!
(the only slave there is me..LOL)
panos


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