Co-Contributor: Jourdan Ryan
In Outlets at Castle Rock is something new and innovative. On a chilly, Tuesday morning I had the privilege to meet the new owners, as well as witness the new café style décor, something new to the Castle Rock mall. Following is a review of my experience along with statements and descriptions from the owners themselves. The “Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Café” has announced its grand opening for Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Currently open, you can still visit and quench your taste buds with their well-known delectable chocolates and sip on a decadent Latte! With Valentine’s Day approaching, you will find a generous selection of chocolates and gifts just for that special someone!
The former store, which closed its doors in April of 2018, recently underwent a major face-lift, and is under new ownership. Jacob and Brianna Blaylock, recent Castle Rock, Colorado residents, couldn’t be more excited for this endeavor and they have been hard at work learning the ins and outs of running a chocolate store that doubles as a coffee shop. They are proudly serving DazBog Coffee, whose Russian heritage is as strong as its Arabica beans. Besides the creamy truffles, Tiger Butter caramel apples, and richer than rich fudge, they have an interesting café menu item that is sure to delight guests, called “Drinking Cacao”; melted chocolate and steamed milk, blended together to create the creamiest, richest hot cocoa you will experience!
Being the first Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Café in the United States comes with a lot of pressure for the new owners, but it’s a challenge they’re definitely up to. “When we were given this opportunity, we absolutely had to take it. It was an easy decision, We’re so passionate about what Rocky does and what they stand for and we can’t wait for people to come hang out in the café and see that for themselves.” Mr. Blaylock’s experience in restaurant management coupled with his first year as a business owner provided him the on-the-job learning required to take the Castle Rock store on and to do it effectively. Along with Mrs. Blaylock’s help during the renovation process, they have an inviting store/café to show for it. “I am just so excited for our customers to see the store. Getting to know them and providing them with the best experience possible is paramount to me,” owner Jacob Blaylock said. “We fell in love with the Castle Rock area and having the privilege of running the first Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Café in America has already been such a blessing. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
The store reopened on December 21, 2018 but its official grand opening is right around the corner, on January 29, 2019 . This event will be larger than life, and the Blaylocks are taking that literally, as a 150-lb fudge mountain will be on display. They are also offering a free 12oz coffee with any purchase the entire day of the grand opening!
To learn more, you con follow Rocky Mountain Café on Instagram and Facebook.