Honeymoon Chocolates is opening a storefront in Clayton this month
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Honeymoon Chocolates is slated to open its first brick-and-mortar shop and factory in late November in the former Wicked Greenz space in Clayton at 16 N. Central Ave. Founders Cam and Haley Loyet always wanted to have a storefront to sell their products as well as house their factory.
The Loyet’s first started Honeymoon Chocolates in 2016. “The original inspiration came from a lot of craft chocolate companies that were making a difference in the industry with products that were different than anything we’ve ever tasted before and a really strong story behind their brand,” said Cam Loyet. Honeymoon’s chocolate is sweetened only by honey and contains no refined sugar. Using honey instead of cane sugar slightly reduces the glycemic index and contains more vitamins and minerals. All their cacao is directly sourced from Peru, Haiti, Uganda and Colombia.
They currently offer seven chocolate bars on their website, but will be expanding offerings in store, including merchandise and drinking chocolate, which is similar to hot chocolate but thicker and more rich. “The favorite bar that we’ve ever made is the Peru and Raspberry; it’s been our bestseller since we started,” said Loyet.
Cam recently received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, so finding a location near the campus was important to them. “I’m still really active with the community, so we wanted to find a location near Wash U and also a space that would support the chocolate we were making,” said Loyet. Clayton ended up having everything they were looking for.
The 2,500-square-foot space will contain both the storefront and factory. The interior will look similar to the former space, Wicked Greenz, with lots of reclaimed wood and plants among seating for about 40. There will also be a view into the factory so customers can see the chocolate being made, as well as an event space in the back.
Until the brick-and-mortar location opens, you can shop Honeymoon Chocolates online. They often have booths at local St. Louis markets and their bars are available at various retailers across the country, including Schnucks and The Annex Coffee and Foods in Webster Groves.
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