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A Xocolatl Update #3 (August 14th, 2020)

Posted by Matt Weyandt on
A Xocolatl Update #3 (August 14th, 2020)

Dear Friends & Chocolate Lovers,

We hope you are doing well under these trying circumstances and finding moments of normalcy in what is most definitely not a normal time.  We also hope you're keeping your chocolate supply handy because we know chocolate helps!

In our last update, we hinted at our store reopening at Krog Street Market.  Since that up-date, the situation in Georgia has unfortunately only gotten worse and as we are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of the virus, our store will remain closed for now.  During this time, we are still safely manufacturing chocolate for our online customers and our wholesale partners and we look forward to welcoming back our retail customers when things in Georgia start to improve.  We are very grateful that all of our staff have remained healthy and COVID-free throughout this time and we're doing everything in our power to keep it that way.

Even with our retail store closed, we have kept very busy.  We've been able to purchase cacao from Tanzania and Uganda and are so excited for the new origins to land so that we can start recipe development and hopefully roll out some new bars in time for the holidays this year.  Our staff have been working to retool the tours and tastings we used to offer in our factory into an online format so that very soon we can offer live, virtual tastings for folks in the comfort of their own homes. We're also deep in the throes of website-revamping to make ours more robust for what we hope will be a busy online holiday season.

Elaine and Bobby (our Production Coordinator) even made time to get trained as poll workers, working the polls in Georgia's runoff election this month and they're mentally gearing up for a busy day as poll workers this November.  To that end, as a company we're proudly offering paid time off to any staff who choose to volunteer for the election and to all our staff so that they can take the time they need to vote.

Our Production Coordinator, Bobby, and Elaine celebrating the completion of their training to become two of Fulton County's newest poll workers.

As we make our way forward through these times, we know there will be more unforeseen challenges ahead and our plan is to keep ourselves educated and our commitment to our community unwavering.  We are grateful to all of you for your support and as a token of our thanks, we've launched a 20% summer sale to help you with any chocolate restocking you might need.  We hope you are healthy and stronger than ever in your perseverance.

In Love + Gratitude,

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