Published on May 19th, 2015 |0
Cacao Chocolate one of many opening soon at Buckhead Atlanta
The chocolate-maker will open its fourth location this summer at Buckhead Atlanta, returning to Buckhead after losing its former location in the Garden Hills shopping center, at 2817 Peachtree Road, to a fire in early December of 2013. Cacao’s Chief of Operations Caline Jarudi told BuckheadView Tuesday afternoon, “We hope to open by mid-June.”
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company was founded in 2004 by Kristen Hard. Cacao has its flagship store in Virginia-Highland, a boutique in the Inman Quarter development and has a “factory store” in Underwood Hills.
The new 600-square-foot Cacao boutique will be conveniently located on Peachtree Road in Buckhead Atlanta right next to Shake Shack, below Gypsy Kitchen and Southern Gentleman and around the corner from Le Bilbouquet restaurants.
Food and Wine recently listed Cacao as having the “Best Chocolate in the U.S.” alongside Vosges, Godiva Cake Truffles, Theo, Lindt and Mass Brothers. And, Cacao was also named one of America’s best chocolate shops by Bon Appétit, Food and Wine Magazine, and travel and Leisure.
Speaking of food and sweets, LDV Hospitality, which opened Corso Coffee in Buckhead Atlanta in December, says they are anticipating an August opening for their second restaurant, Dolce Italian, and a September or October opening for their third Buckhead Atlanta offering, American Cut.
In more Buckhead Atlanta news, the Spanx headquarters reportedly should receive its Certificate of Occupancy this month, but the move-in will probably not happen until June, according to a reliable source. Spanx will be next door to American Cut restaurant.
The move will bring about 200 Spanx employees to Buckhead Atlanta, resulting in a nice increase in diners for the development’s restaurants and shoppers for the retail stores. Also, likely a few
indulgers in fine chocolates.
The Spanx news is particularly good for the retailers planning summer openings, including Jimmy Choo. The opening of this store should dramatically improve the streetscape on Buckhead Avenue at Bolling Way, with its significant size and high-visibility corner location across from the Hermes flagship.
Although the construction barricade is promising a June opening, we took a peek inside and they will be pushing it to make a June opening date.
Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 will offer premium handcrafted cigars, tobacco products and accessories in its first freestanding Atlanta store, a 3,047-square-foot shop on Bolling Way that will likely open this summer, maybe July, also conveniently located for diners.
Les Copains will introduce its French-inspired, Italian-made luxury apparel to Buckhead Atlanta at its very first U.S. shop, a 933-square-foot store located on Bolling Way, likely also this summer.
Vilebrequin, which has created swim trunks for more than 40 years with vibrant colorful patterns in styles ranging from the company’s iconic MOOREA (mid-thigh length) to the contemporary board short style, is also expected to open its shop this summer.
Vilebrequin’s 827-square-foot location on Buckhead Avenue will be built out in the company’s newly introduced DUNE design concept, which was influenced by the brand’s extensive history in the Mediterranean area. The store’s summery hues speak to this coastal inspiration and provide a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere.
The opening date for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, which sells top-of-the-line fixtures for the well-appointed home, has apparently been pushed back to the fall for its 13,183-square-foot showroom on Bolling Way.
Meanwhile, Tod’s, which recently opened its store that fronts on Buckhead Avenue with a back entrance across from Le Bilboquet, held its grand opening celebration May 14. The Buckhead Atlanta location is Tod’s ninth nationwide boutique.
The private soiree benefiting Meals on Wheels Atlanta and a Meal to Remember 2015 was hosted by Michelle Crosland, Joanne Chesler Gross and Coy Wire. Buckhead Atlanta developer OliverMcMillan’s CEO Dene Oliver was on hand for the event.
Guests enjoyed signature cocktails, prosecco, and savory and sweet bites from Dennis Dean Catering as they took in live demonstrations by an artisan flown in from Italy handcrafting the iconic Tod’s Gommino throughout the event.
Guests were treated to fresh floral bouquets and authentic Italian gelato as they explored the Tod’s women and menswear collections that includes bags, shoes, small leather goods and accessories. Ten percent of the evening’s sales were donated to Meals on Wheels and a Meal to Remember 2015.
Visit www.tods.com for more information.