Meet a Mom: Kelly Dantas of Chocoylatte Gourmet in Cos Cob!
After months of buzz, Chocoylatte Gourmet is opening at 121 E. Putnam in downtown Cos Cob! After carefully building out the European style space, the new dessert and coffee shoppe will officially open its doors on July 8 (ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. and the first 100 guests will receive a special gift!).
The first thing visitors will notice is the beautiful French parlour feel of the café, with a teacup chandelier, inviting bench seating and intimate small tables. Moms will love the caffeine fix—from flavored coffee creations to hot tea— and both kids and adults will enjoy the desserts (including gluten and lactose-free options), savory items and hot chocolate. All of the food and fresh juices will be made from scratch with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Decorative, jewel-inspired cake packages and beautiful gift boxes are available for carry-out, for last-minute hostess gifts—all designed by owner Kelly Dantas and made from sustainable paper materials (she will also offer paper straws for drinks). We spoke to the local mom of one about her new business, living in Greenwich and more!
Can you please describe your family?
I am the proud mom to a beautiful baby boy. Kenny Jr. who turned 1 in July. He’s my special treat! I currently reside in Greenwich with my husband, Ken.
Congratulations! Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Brazil and moved to the Greenwich area in 2014. My job was located here and called the community home.
How would you describe Chocoylatte?
Chocoylatte is a sit-down dessert shoppe focused on creating an unparalleled, heavenly dessert experience. From the ambience, packaging, to our exclusive hand-crafted delectable desserts, everything at Chocoylatte Gourmet was carefully thought out to provide an indescribable experience for customers.
You have such a great location on the Post Road. How did you decide to open in Greenwich?
When I originally began developing the ‘Chocoylatte’ brand, I also wanted to create a lifestyle. Greenwich checked off all my boxes as a community of urban sophisticates, educated, wealthy, and that loves specialty goods.
What is your favorite thing at your café?
That’s not fair—everything! It’s hard to pick one. We will have many exclusive desserts and chocolates for everyone.
Ha, I understand! So what should visitors expect when they walk in?
The entire building has been completely renovated to replicate a European-looking café. It was designed to capture the feel of a French parlour, with a timeless teacup chandelier, plush bench seating and small café-style tables. For the chocolate lovers we will have a 7-foot high chocolate fountain.
Sounds gorgeous! We love to support local businesses—can you please some of your favorite places to…
Eat with/without kids – Le Pain Quotidien
Grab a drink with friends – Gabriele’s
Have a date night – L’Escale
Spend time together as a family indoors/outdoors – Tod’s Point
Shop for yourself/shop for your kids – Of course, “the Avenue” or Greenwich Avenue
Spa/salon for: hair/nails/facial – XS Hair in Portchester
Grab coffee – Chocoylatte Gourmet🙂
Any hidden treasures or other favorites you want to share? Fairfield Pizza in Cos Cob. The best pizza in town.
Thank you—and see you soon at Chocoylatte!
More About Kelly
Entrepreneur Kelly Dantas is the founder and chief executive officer of Chocoylatte Gourmet. Ms. Dantas arrived in the USA 10 years ago and since then, her business drive and determination to succeed have earned her 19 awards in business marketing. Her entrepreneurship earned her the US EB1 Green Card (also known as the “Einstein visa”) for “persons of extraordinary ability” in Business & Marketing, one of the most exclusive and difficult to obtain Green Cards awarded by the US. It requires the petitioner to show that the individual has “risen to the very top of the endeavor with national or international acclaim.”
For more information contact Chocoylatte Gourmet at (203) 900-1622 or visit chocoylatte.com.
This post is sponsored by Chocoylatte.