Katherine Anne Confections to open storefront
Tue Aug 7 2012
Photograph: Grant Kessler
Since moving her confection-making operation to 2745 W Armitage Ave in 2010, Katherine Duncan has had designs on turning the production space into a retail storefront for Katherine Anne Confections, her line of caramels, marshmallows and chocolates. Now that vision is a little more than a month away from being realized: The storefront will open to the public on September 13.
"Our goal has always been to make the best truffles you could possibly ever, ever have," says Duncan. (We're fond of her caramels and marshmallows, too, both of which have made our 100 Best Things We Ate lists.) The retail storefront will provide Duncan an opportunity to expand her line of truffles, with new caramels and chocolates each week, as well as rotating seasonal flavors and potential specials, like truffles designed by well-known Chicago chefs. In addition to truffles, caramels and marshmallows, the shop will make French-inspired hot chocolate—"the really thick sipping chocolate," as Duncan describes it—and give the option of melting a truffle of your choice (e.g., chai-tea or apricot-basil) into the hot chocolate. (Of course, the drink can also be topped with one of Duncan's handmade marshmallows, which come in flavors like pink-lemonade and vanilla-black pepper.) In addition, there will be French-press (and only French press) coffee service, from a yet-to-be-determined local roaster.
The shop will seat 14 people, with table-tops built from reclaimed wood, walls featuring local artists and the sweets all on view on a big sweets table—rather than a pastry case. "I'm really excited," Duncan says. "I think the people who are living here are ready to not have to go way out of Logan Square to get good chocolate."
Katherine Anne Confections (2745 W Armitage Ave, katherine-anne.com) is slated to open Sept 13 and will be open Tue–Fri 11am–7pm, Sat 10am–7pm (closed Sun, Mon).