Carrie Rengers

Why will Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates be closed much of September?

Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates is temporarily closing from Sept. 5 to Sept. 26 to remodel its Bradley Fair store, but it’s chocolates still will be available in several ways during that time.
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates is temporarily closing from Sept. 5 to Sept. 26 to remodel its Bradley Fair store, but it’s chocolates still will be available in several ways during that time. The Wichita Eagle

Beth Tully has two important pieces of news.

First, the president and CEO of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates says the business is temporarily closing starting on Sept. 5 and will reopen with a new look on Sept. 26.

“I think that people are going to be pleasantly surprised,” Tully says of the changes.

She says the store, which opened at Bradley Fair in 2009, needs updating.

“The old girl’s getting a little shabby around the edges,” Tully says.

Initially, plans called for some painting and other updating. Then, though, Tully says the Cocoa Dolce team started thinking bigger.

“We started having a conversation as a team about kind of what our longer-range goals are,” she says of expansion.

If the store expands into other markets in the next several years, Tully says it would be nice to have a new prototype at the Bradley Fair store.

“This gives us the opportunity to not have to reinvent the wheel in another year.”

The new store will have more pastries and other desserts along with an expanded line of alcohol, such as whiskeys and signature cocktails.

The second important piece of news – some would say the more crucial information – is that the store’s chocolates still will be available while Cocoa Dolce’s storefront is closed.

Chocolates are available online at www.cocoadolce.com, and there’s free Wichita delivery.

Also, there will be a limited selection of chocolates available from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the parking lot by the store while it’s closed. Customers also can visit the Cocoa Dolce production facility at 3540 N. Comotara from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Tours are also available there.

Look for more information on the store and Tully’s new role in it in September.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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