Fran's Chocolates in the Old Rainier Brewery
|Fran's new production facility in the old Rainier Brewery in the Georgetown part of Seattle.|
Need something to do with your out of town guests or children on holiday from school? I have a great idea, and most of my ideas involve chocolate. Visit the headquarters of Fran's Chocolates in Georgetown.
Fran's Chocolates is a Seattle icon. They've been here for over 30 years making perfect fresh chocolate confections. Their caramels are even the choice gift of the Obama's at the White House.
|The industrial bones of the old brewing company with Fran's polish.|
As soon as you walk through the doors the scent of fresh chocolates greets your senses.
|The confection counter with plenty of natural light and seating to the side.|
The space is vintage industrial yet refined and graceful, as Fran's always is. I love that they kept the old floor tiles as a part of the building.
|The original floor tiles of the Seattle Brewing and Malting Co are still visible.|
Watching chocolates being hand dipped via the viewing window is something you don't want to miss I could watch all day but the window is only open until 2.
|Perfection in process|
|The long table in front of the espresso bar at Fran's seats at least 10|
I owe heaps of gratitude to Bei and the entire Fran's family for inviting me and showing me around your beautiful factory and showroom!
A few more photos from my visit.
|The staircase is also a part of the original architecture.|
|Gorgeous figs hand dipped in chocolate.|
|The popular salted caramels.|
|Ready to ship|
|Fran's Chocolates, always elegant|
|Behind the scenes with chef Scott Carsberg and retail operations manager Bei-lu Wang.|
|This has to be the biggest chocolate turkey I've ever seen! |
Every year Fran's makes these turkeys around Thanksgiving, this one was a prototype.
|Look for the Fran's sign and follow your senses.|