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What is sure to gladden any chocoholics heart, SOMA Chocolatemaker has announced the reopening of its two retail stores. Shuttered since March, due to city-wide coronavirus closures, SOMA reopened its King St. W location on July 22 with the Distillery location set to follow today, July 23.
As anyone in the city with a sweet tooth knows, SOMA is one of the best shops in Toronto for handmade truffles and cookies, luscious drinking chocolate and habit-inducing gelati and sorbets, often featuring seasonal flavours. For special occasions, the team's whimsical, photogenic creations burst with unexpected flavours and steal the show on any table.
Owned by husband and wife team David Castellan and Cynthia Leung, SOMA has wowed customers since 2003, with its commitment to hand-crafted, small-batch chocolate making and exceptional products.
This past March, SOMA, along with every non-essential business in the city, closed its doors to customers. Though products have been available through an online store, the team was eager to reopen to walk-in customers. Before that happened, though, necessary renovations were undertaken at both locations to ease social distancing and keep staff and customers safe.
Though SOMA could have reopened when Toronto entered Phase 2 on June 19, the owners chose to wait until they saw COVID-19 infection rates decline. "We had to take the time to think it all through and we had a lot to do to make it safe," said Leung in an interview with blogTO. "We had to wait for the right time."
It seems the time is now, with modified hours of 12-8 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday on King and from Wednesday to Sunday at Distillery.
Wear your mask, sanitize your hands, and grab some much-needed sweet treats from the people who make them best.