Fran’s, the beloved, family-owned chocolate shop has opened their third location just below the Four Season’s hotel in downtown Seattle. The new store, situated directly across the street from the Seattle Art Museum, hopes to attract some of the area’s foot traffic. Chocolate, after all, is not always a premeditated purchase.
I had a chance to chat with Fran about the store and the Seattle chocolate business in general. It’s easy to tell why Fran’s customers adore her – now a grandmother, Fran exudes such warmth that, just for a minute, I forgot she wasn’t my grandmother! For the past 26 years, she has been pursuing her passion for perfection, a theme that is especially prevalent in Seattle artisans. The business is run by her daughter (CEO) and her son (Chocolatier), who was recently invited by the Valrhona company to make his own blend of chocolate for the store.
The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the new Seattle location is an absolutely giant pointillist portrait hanging on the wall. The subject is Fran’s granddaughter, but it is the medium of this image that is fascinating. The picture is actually a life-size photograph of a collection of chocolate truffles, ranging from dark to white. Mmmm, chocolate pixels… That’s good geek food!
1325 1st Avenue at Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101