Choquiero Chocolate Shop Free Grand Opening Party

Do you love chocolate? Come to the Choquiero Chocolate Shop free grand opening party taking place at their store Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Choquiero Chocolate, located at 419 Broad St., will hold a free two-day grand opening celebration full of live music, DJ’s, cacao ceremonies, vendors, outdoor tea & kid’s activities, live painting, raffle prizes, and of course a plethora of chocolate and cacao elixirs to satisfy your taste buds and heart.

Friday begins with backyard children’s activities and the start of the weekends extensive musical line-up. Cacao ceremony will be held from 4–5:30 p.m. Music picks back up at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the night until 11 p.m. Choquiero will be collaborating with neighboring businesses such as Golden Mandala Yoga and Consciousness Center, Jade Summit, and Crumbunny Coffee Roasters.

Saturday’s events will begin with 11:11 am yoga. Give a class donation to receive a free cacao elixir. Children’s activities will be happening during this time so it’s a great opportunity for parents to drop the little ones off and head next door to stretch, unwind, and fall into a blissful flow over at the studio. Cacao ceremony will take place from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Music picks back up at 4 p.m. and will continue until the party ends at 11 p.m.

You will find most of these happenings taking place in the backyard of the Choquiero shop, where you will be greeted with a whimsical, wonderland feel of a garden space. Journey around the world and listen to stories and origins of tea as you sip on a cup in the tea lounge nestled in a cozy bamboo grove. Gaze upon local artists work as they paint murals around the back deck. Sample some of the finest, organic, fair trade chocolate around from Choquiero Chocolate and treat yourself to one of their creative cacao beverages, or two.

Ariel Wolansky is the owner and chocolate wizard of Choquiero. It originally was not a business plan, but a passion to share something from the heart with his family and friends. He began attending workshops, reading books, and attending classes to perfect his recipes and learn more about the art of chocolate. He started the company in 2013 in Oakland, CA. What’s most special about Ariel’s chocolate is the lengths taken to have the most ethically sourced, earth friendly, vegan, organic bean to bar chocolate possible. His commitment to sustainability is nothing short of inspiring.

“Choquiero is on a mission to bring you the best tasting chocolate. We support organic farmers who love the plants they care after. You can not only taste, but also feel the difference of heirloom wild harvested cacao. Besides cacao, our shop will be supporting other small businesses, entrepreneurs, and local artists and craft makers. Help us put an end to bad chocolate one bar at a time.” – Ariel Wolansky, owner

Come to the Choquiero Chocolate Shop free grand opening party to welcome this new business and to try some truly exceptional chocolate. To learn more about Choquiero, visit You can find more details about the grand opening party on their Facebook page and Facebook event page, Choquiero Shop Grand Opening.

Content and photos submitted by Lauren Brown