Kakawa Chocolate House, Salem, MA Opening

Kakawa Chocolate House – Salem, MA Opening.

For months, we have been tempted and teased with the “Opening Soon” signs of the new Kakawa Chocolate shop here in Salem, MA. Up until now they have had only one other location – in Santa Fe, NM. Week after week, myself and all my friends, would stop by, peek into the windows, curious to see if there was any indication of movement inside. We used to joke that Willy Wonka himself would eventually pop out of the door. Welcoming us.

One gloomy Saturday, an exceptionally large group of us walked by and just as Paul and I placed our faces up against the glass and mouthed “Chocolate!” we heard the door open. A lovely man peered out, and said, “SOON! We open on Tuesday, 10 am!”

Obviously I had to shake this man’s hand, introduce myself, and tell him that we would be back. On Tuesday. At 10am. That man was one of the owners, Jack. Wonderful man, great sense of humor to accommodate all of us peeking into his shop!

Tuesday morning was rainy and cold. But I kept my word to Jack, and showed up at 10am (well, ok 9:40) with my friends Sarah and Chuck. People on Essex Street kept asking us why we were standing outside in the alcove. “CHOCOLATE!”, we said.

At 10am on the nose, the door opened, and Jack, ever the bubbly host, said “Who wants to be the first through the door?”

Well, I happened to be closest, so it was me! The first customer! I got a wonderful hug from Jack and inside we went for our tour. It really did feel like we had golden tickets.

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Speaking of gold, this truffle is not Cyberman friendly.

We were greeted by the other owner, Tony, and handed small samples of their sipping chocolates, known as “elixirs”. Which were the single best things I have ever tasted. Ever. We sat down and enjoyed the sipping chocolates paired with some lovely conversation. Then we wandered around and perused their yummy wares.

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The Jeffersonian is my personal favorite elixir. And we tried them ALL.

They didn’t have a full showing of every item they will be selling as this was a soft opening, but even with limited stock, we were in awe. And they were so knowledgeable about every piece. We each bought some truffles and received some free samples for being the first customers.

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Nothing like a good book and fine chocolate.

 

All in all, this new shop is a tasty fit for our Witch City and I am very excited to go back for it’s official grand opening on Saturday with even more friends!

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Weekend Update – Halloween 2018!

Good evening everyone, I’m your host, Mr. Clever.

What can I say about the week of Halloween 2018?  It was one of the best Halloweens I have ever had, and that is not an exaggeration.

When you live in Salem, MA, the Witch City, Halloween is a month long celebration.  Starting with the annual Haunted Happenings Kick off Parade in the beginning of the month, and ending around the first weekend of November. During the entire month of October there are festivals, events, street fairs, costume parties and just thousands and thousands of people in the streets celebrating.

Every year we walk into town with friends and explore the city, seeing the sights, taking in the energy.  My zombie Mr. Clever costume was a lot of fun to wear and was a huge hit. I think people just like zombies!

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Photo by Creative Collective

One of the fun things we did was visit some artist friends at their art show.  Bought some beautiful prints, too. I love the work these two brothers do. Such talent!

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Paul and Nick Demakes

This year we were even able to enjoy taking our friend’s daughter trick-or-treating! Which sounds like it would be, well, dull. But when you have my crew of friends – it is anything but.

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Some of the Best Friends ever!

So, TL:DR, see that drag queen in the corner? That’s our friend, Richard, aka Tequilla Mockingbird.  See that young man near him in the grey hoodie? That’s his bf, Donnie. Richard’s feet were hurting halfway through trick or treat. Donnie carried the giant drag Queen boots all the way, and ended up going up to houses with them in his hands and got candy. In the boots. BOOT CANDY. No lie.

“Oh, hello young man, would you like some candy for your boots?”

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Trick or treat, smell my feet. For real.

Candy. Friends. Great memories. The energy of the city. I can not wait for next October and may already be counting the days!

This has been your weekend update for the week ending November 4th, 2018. Cyberplanner signing off…

 

 

The Cosplay Affair – What a night!

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some of my favorite people!

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The historic Hawthorne hotel.
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Your host for the night!
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Thank you John Andrews of Creative Salem! Couldn’t have done this without you!
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heheheh Another variation of the Breakfast Club shot.

Creative Salem asked me to co-host a cosplay party with them at the gorgeous, historic Hawthorne hotel. What an amazing night. No words for how much fun we had. Its hard for a cosplayer like myself to establish themselves, so to speak, (that is *not* my end game. This is just an observation.) because I do cosplay such an obscure character from well, let’s be honest, a less than well received episode. So to be able to do something like this, and have it be “presented by Mr. Clever” made me so incredibly happy.  I hope they do it again!