May 20th, 2015 we opened our doors to street-level retail in Pioneer Square. You can read more about that process on our blog. Start here at there are links to go backward if you want to read about the whole process: https://www.intriguechocolate.com/blogs/news/29160641-retail-update-we-re-open
Time for some throwback photos!
The bar tops arrived with a bit of transportation damage, so we had to hammer out some bends in the steal. Even more difficult than getting the dents out was getting the 500 lb counter top fridge up and set into that small opening! It took a few of us.
We did a little promotional work to open the store. This image was used in a crowd-sourcing campaign that raised the funds necessary to pay the high priced items like permits and general contracting fees. (Labor for plumbing, electrical, and inspections were roughly 10 times the cost of everything else combined. This was our biggest shock during the process because we priced our our fridges, shelving, paint, etc... but then the cost of installing everything came in and really opened our eyes!)
Today it's difficult to image the Tasting Bar in such a state of disarray. Since we work with food in this location we take upkeep and cleanliness very seriously. But from where it was at the point above, it did all eventually come together.
It feels odd to post this blog during the COVID-closure period we are experiencing right now, but what a joy it is to look back and see how far we've come. This location evolved from a tasting bar into a functioning kitchen within the last 5 years. We've signed a new lease, so now whats in store for the next 5?!
Of course, none of this is possible without our dear customers. Thank you for joining us on this flavor journey through chocolate.