Immediately after purchasing 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 organization used 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 renovate the shop’s decor as effectively as its choices, the Day by day Herald reviews.

Previously dark and frilly, now it has a white colour scheme and white marble glass shows, “like a jewelry shop,” he reported.

Andrade explained he retained all of the former employees, who proceed to use the very same recipes to make sweets and bonbons.

He is also increasing the lineup of housemade sweets.

Anna Shea sold cupcakes and gelato bought from other corporations, Andrade stated. Cocolotte tends to make its have cupcakes and will start its individual gelato, he explained.

In January, he hopes to include in-residence macaroons and a lot more pastries, like éclairs.

“They (Anna Shea) experienced substantial-excellent items and we are heading to include much more superior-quality,” he claimed. “We resolved to do our individual, because we want to stand by the freshness and the good quality.”

Meanwhile, Andrade is also operating on opening a new place in Barrington, in the previous Carpet Mill constructing.

The Barrington village board a short while ago granted a particular use for the property, enabling it to grow to be a retail chocolate shop in the front with preparation and shipping and delivery places in the again. Andrade explained he hopes to open around June.

Suzanne Corr, president and CEO of the Barrington Spot Chamber of Commerce, mentioned the team is setting up a ribbon-slicing for the South Barrington Cocolotte at 4 p.m. Dec. 7.

“Who does not like chocolate?” Corr mentioned. “We’re often joyful to see folks be successful. Chocolate and fancy chocolate and reward chocolate is anything that looks to be on everybody’s list as a result of the entire calendar year.”

Andrade has a special story: He was born in Brazil and met his Filipina spouse while dwelling in the Philippines. The few moved to Las Vegas, in which they lived for 15 several years till Andrade retired from a corporation that builds slot devices. They moved to North Barrington in 2016.

“We decided to move simply because Vegas is not a nice place to increase a relatives,” he claimed. “We had been looking around and we observed the suburbs in the Chicago area — and we fell in like.”

Andrade said he did some consulting and sooner or later made a decision he wished to start producing gelato, which he loves.

He took numerous trips to Italy in 2018 and early 2019 to investigation old household recipes in gelato outlets in tiny cities, he stated.

“When you get near (these stores) you say, ‘What is this smell? It smells like strawberry.’ When they make a taste, everyone all-around the retailer for 100 ft can scent it, because the odor is unbelievable.”

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

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

By Amalia