Cocoa & Fig, the Shakopee-based catering and special events company famous for its high-design cupcakes, cookies and French macarons, opened a retail location last weekend in Gaviidae Commons. The quaint little patisserie — only 230 square feet — squeezes in next to Juut on the second-story skyway level of the Saks Wing of the Commons. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The retail space — Cocoa & Fig’s first ever — will operate as a specialty bakery, with emphasis on high-end baked goods and coffee in the morning, said owner Laurie Pyle. Pyle hinted at a partnership with Bull Run Coffee Roasting Company, the connoisseur brewers known for taking an exquisitely refined approach to the cup of Joe.
In the afternoons, the store will operate mostly as a dessert boutique, Pyle said, although she would like to introduce a line of specialty, locally sourced sandwiches and soups. Such lunch items may be available in a month, she said.
A grand opening is tentatively planned for March.
Gregory J. Scott