North Market Welcomes New Merchant Coco Cat Bakery & Chocolates
The North Market announced the addition of a new merchant planned for early November. Coco Cat, a family owned chocolate purveyor, will occupy the space next to Stauf’s Coffee Roasters and across from Market & Boar.
“Coco Cat is embodiment of North Market fulfilling our mission,” said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market Development Authority Executive Director, in a press release. “The Camp family had a dream to start their own business with a superb product and now it’s reality. We’re beyond excited to have them join our merchant family.”
Coco Cat, known for its use of herbs and seasonal fruits in its line of chocolates and baked goods, was first launched at the Granville’s Farmer’s Market in 2013 by owners Melissa and Todd Camp and their 9-year-old son Tosh.
White and dark chocolates infused with herbs and spices was their primary specialty, creating products like white chocolate with tarragon and lemon, and chai spiced white chocolate with toasted cashews. Some of their other combinations use ingredients like spruce tips, foraged first spices, Vietnamese cinnamon, toasted coconut, Cardamom and fresh orange zest. Along with their chocolate bars, Coco Cat also offers herbed caramels, spiced drinking chocolate, baking chocolate and “health shots,” or chocolate bon bons filled with “beneficial honey and matcha tea blends.”
Along with their line of products, Coco Cat’s booth at the North Market will serve their blended drinking chocolates and brewed chocolate beverages, offered hot or cold. And, a fondue bar will be available, where customers can choose their own herb and spice blends to add to the chocolate and choose from a variety of items to dip.
Another arm of the business was created when Tosh wanted to prioritize kids’ tastes. Coco Kiddy, developed last spring, offers white chocolate Lego bricks filled with jelly beans and chocolate-dipped graham crackers finished off with kid friendly toppings, like peanut butter and jelly bunnies.
The family was ready to enter their own brick and mortar space in 2015, but their business plan changed paths once the Camps entered the North Market for lunch.
“We are forever grateful to North Market for their support. By taking a chance on us, we were able to grow and expand our ideas into a thriving business,” Melissa Camp said in a press release.
For more information, visit cococatbakery.com.