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RCI Comes to Kakao

Retail Confectioners International (RCI) has been around for nearly 100 years. Their biggest event is their annual expo – a gathering of confectioners, candy makers and industry suppliers. The expo is an opportunity to see what other confectioners are doing, learn from each other and share candy and chocolate!  Kakao is a member, Brian is on the board of directors (and will be president next year) and at least one person from Kakao attends at least one meeting every year

This year — this week, in fact — RCI is convening in St. Louis.  As one of the leading retail confectioners in our fair city, we’re proud that RCI members will have an opportunity to experience all St. Louis has to offer.  

We’re also extremely excited to host the convention tour when they visit the Kakao Maplewood shop this Friday.


St. Louis is steadily becoming a food destination.  Our selection of fine dining restaurants is ever-expanding, and from downtown to Cherokee street to Clayton, the availability of just plain darn good food is off the charts.  Our local chefs, artisans and purveyors are getting noticed for their expertise and their commitment to their craft and it’s catching the eye of the whole country.  It makes sense that groups like RCI have begun gravitating towards our town and we at Kakao are thrilled to be a part of that.

Welcome to St. Louis!

Comments (2)

  1. Rachelle L'Ecuyer June 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I hope your guests have time to stroll through downtown Maplewood after visiting your shop. We have become quite a foodie destination with Vom Fass and Penzeys and food purveyors including Pie Oh My!, Traveling Tea and Strange Donuts. And if the guests can stay for dinner, we have quite an array of award-winning restaurants like Schlafly Bottleworks, Acero, Boogaloo, Home Wine Kitchen, Maya Cafe, Las Palmas, The Crow’s Nest, The Blind Tiger and The Post Sports Bar and Grill (to name a few!)

  2. Becky T June 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Brian, Thank you for inviting myself and all the rci members into your store for a fun, friendly and educational tour. Great store, great bunch of friendly workers and great chocolate! Becky T

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