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Original post made on Jun 7, 2014

Monique's Chocolates to close, bees invade the Chocolate Garage and three new clothing boutiques at Town & Country Village shopping center. Get the latest on these developments in this week's Shop Talk.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 6, 2014, 11:17 AM

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Posted by CC Shopper
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

We know that Coldwater Creek is closing, very sad. But, I got an email from them saying that they are going to relaunch the company and retain the email lists for its relaunch.

Do you know if this means the store will stay?

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

Business that make money, can be sold for $$. There's no point in shutting something down if it had both revenues and profit. The owner does not need to be there all the time for things to function properly. Something is not right about this story.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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Maria, who wouldn't want to go to Paris? Sounds like he needed a break and the time was right. Many new chocolate things to be learned in Paris with plenty of "help" that may already know about chocolate. Maybe the Paly grad will go to Paris too. Sounds pretty fun to me. Not everybody wants to work themselves to death.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Chis, The point is that form a rational business perspective, a business can be sold and the owner can cash out and then go to Paris. That is only the case if in fact the business is making a PROFIT.

To answer your question, not everyone wants to go to Paris to start from zero with this idea. However, many people would want to go to Paris, period. That's not the point of my comment.

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Posted by Carol Gilbert
a resident of University South
on Jun 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Goodbye Mark and Monique's. We shall miss you.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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Bravo to the Chocolate Garage for taking measures to relocate the honeybees. An awful thing to happen, but they are dealing with it in a responsible fashion. I haven't shopped there, but will in the future.

CCShopper, the clerks told me the store is definitely closing. Maybe it will relaunch as an online only business? When I was there last week I was struck at the size of the store and the almost total absence of customers, even with discounted prices.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm

A private equity firm bought the Coldwater Creek brand name in bankruptcy. The stores are all closing.

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Posted by Crescent Park Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Mark, We will miss your terrific chocolate and the BEST hot chocolate anywhere!

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Posted by Penny
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm


I will miss bicycling to your shop with my kids and groups of friends. Olivia still lights up when she talks about the chocolates you made for her bat mitzvah party.

Thank you for your delicious treats. We will miss them. We'll also miss you and your warm welcome to the shop...and excellent lessons in chocolate making. :-)

Now we have another reason to visit Paris!

Penny, Rich, Elyssa & Olivia

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

This article reminds me of the black knight from Monty Python's Holy Grail. "It's just a flesh wound!" "We'll do better in Paris!"

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Judging from Angelina's on rue de Rivoli, they like their hot chocolate thicker in Paris.

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