Cacao wasn't even officially open before their first customer walked into Centre Street's new business wanting to buy chocolate. So owner Leo Baez did what any proprietor would do -- he sold the guy some chocolate.
"Definitely try the chocolates -- and the roasted nuts are great as well," said Perla Rosario, co-owner of Cacao.
It's not just assorted delicious chocolates being sold at Cacao, which had a soft opening at 660B Centre St., on June 30. There are also in-house made barks, in-house roasted nuts, dried fruits and more.
Baez said his family has a cacao farm in the Dominican Republic and that was one of the reasons he wanted to get involved with chocolate and nuts. Throughout the store there are images of cacao farming, including one of his Baez's fiancee Perla Rosario's uncle cutting down cacao. And eventually Cacao will import chocolate from their family in the Dominican Republic.
"I love nuts and I've always loved nuts in the Dominican Republic. I often ate them coming off the tree. It's always been a passion of mine and that's why I got into this business as soon as I could," said Baez. "A lot of people don’t know chocolate comes from a tree. You see chocolate, and you have it, but you don’t realize where it comes from. It’s a long process. It’s not easy. There’s a lot to do with chocolate. Chocolate is fun. It's definitely something to enjoy."
The store will be open 11 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 pm on Sunday. So you'll have plenty of time to treat your sweet-tooth and enjoy other treats.