CocoVaa Chocolatier has temporarily suspended operations as of Thursday 25 March 2020 until further notice.
I have regrettably had to make this unprecedented decision following government advice and guidelines as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world. Continuing to operate, under our current conditions, compromises the safety of our customers, ourselves and the local community. Our duty of care to our customers is my first priority.
Many of you have been in contact to express support and solidarity in recent days, and we are deeply grateful for your loyalty. As the landscape continues to shift daily as COVID-19 runs its course, like a tsunami across the globe, I’ve watched in disbelief. Now we wait, we shelter and we pray for the health and well being of our families and all humanity.
CocoVaa Chocolatier started in my mom’s kitchen, as a small dream, of a life beyond law. It was also my attempt to carve out a safe space for my kids and I, as I extricated myself from a relationship of domestic abuse. It was my attempt to control my own destiny. It has turned out to be much more than that. It’s survived and prevailed in the face of extreme adversity and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. CocoVaa’s struggles have become stories from which our customers and community have drawn inspiration. Our shop has become a space where bonds are formed between strangers that transcend our differences and the struggles we face from the labels assigned by others.
Despite everything we’ve survived, this is the first time we’ve faced a challenge over which I have zero control. Mother Nature is angry, and she is running her course. We are getting out of her way and taking the necessary shelter to keep my family, our customers and our community safe. We will open our doors again and will once again share with you our love of storytelling, using fine chocolate as our medium. I will miss the weekly personal interactions with customers and I hope we can perhaps use this opportunity to form a different bond, through recipe sharing and continued storytelling. There’s a unique story behind everything you love to eat. Let’s share. This is physical distancing NOT social distancing.
For now, Team CocoVaa wishes you health and safety. Please stay safe, stay at home and take care of your families. We will be here for you when this is over, and we know you will be here for us. Meanwhile, we invite you to follow us on facebook and instagram for recipes and possibly some online learning opportunities.
Very Truly Yours,