As you probably know, Kerstin’s Chocolates has been bringing great chocolate to Edmonton for the last 8 years, and I would like to thank you, our loyal customers, for your support. I began my journey offering specialty chocolate through chocolate education workshops in 2004 and then began manufacturing my own brand of bars, called Chocophilia which were sold in specialty shops in Edmonton and around western Canada. In 2008 I began selling them along with other specialty chocolates in my downtown shop on 112th st. It has been an exciting ride in which I learned many things and met many wonderful people, but the time has come for me to begin a new chocolate adventure.
It is with a sad heart that I must tell you that Kerstin’s Chocolates will be closing its retail shop on April 14th, 2012. There are several reasons why I had to make this decision. The first one is that due to family circumstances, I will be moving to Germany in September. The second reason is that although I enjoyed many aspects of owning a retail store, I don’t feel it fully expresses my potential as a chocolatier. As my family and I travel around the world this year visiting plantations and chocolate makers, I have been learning more about the sources of great chocolate and the complex web of relationships that exist around chocolate. I hope that I find new ways of using chocolate to make a greater impact on the quality of people’s lives. There are many impoverished cocoa growing regions out there where there is a potential to develop sustainably through cacao.
I feel that this is not the end of Kerstin’s Chocolates but the beginning of a new journey. I hope that you will continue to support us as we grow and evolve. Please stay tuned for updates on our web site.
Yours truly, Kerstin
Beginning Tuesday, March 13th, we will be discounting items throughout the shop by 15-40%. Stop by the shop to find out what’s on sale and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily specials. Our final day at the shop will be Saturday, April 14th. *Please note that discounts do not apply to Easter items.*
Hey there Kerstin,
You have done amazing things and I know so many people who loved your shop. I’m sure I am not the only one to say that I am excited to see what you do as well as I know my late father would be as well.
All the best to you and yours,
This is very sad news as you ate my only source for Bonnat Surabaya… Not sure how I will go on without it.
sad news for #yegfood! 🙁
i trust this move is a good one for you and your family, and wish you the very best.
thanks for all the great chocolate and education for the last number of years.
Wow… so I’m both sad to hear that but also excited that you’ve been evolving as a chocolatier. The move will be exciting and goodness knows a huge difference and I hope it all goes well for you.
Exciting though! Goog luck!!!
I’m beyond sad to hear that the best Chocolate store in Edmonton! I remember the first time I enjoyed or rather devoured a few amazing pieces of chocolate that was showcased at Leva & they were always selling out. Then I spied the fantastic Chocophilia bars & was addicted! It was amazing! Choclate that was filled with amazing undertones from the natural chocolate & region it came from balanced with unique flavours from top quality sources!
You will be sadly missed in my house! Wish you all the best in your new endeavors!
I also have a question, I’m out of the country in Brasil till the end of April & won’t be able to come by & stock up & your online store is empty, is there any way I can buy some items before your closed for good? 🙁 please email me as soo as you can as I know you must be busy. THANK YOU!!!
Where will I get my chocolate now? I have missed you all year, but was comforted knowing you’d be back – and now you will not be back…. SO sad for #yegfood and little old me. Congratulations on the new chapter of your life… you will be missed – without a doubt!
Kerstin, I will miss you terribly but wish you all the best in your next adventure. Thank you for introducing me to the magic of lavender truffles. Don’t think for a second that I won’t go to Germany to get my fix.
I was sad when I found out that the shop is closing. Reading this entry makes me happy, though, since I now know that you’ll still be in business, just in a new form (whatever that might end up looking like).
With every ending, there is a new begining.
Good luck in your furture.