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Hot Shopping: A Second Soma

Truffles at Soma (photo by Arounna Khounnoraj)

Indulge a craving for the artisan creations of
David Castellan and Cynthia Leung’s Soma Chocolatemaker at its recently opened location on King sweet, er, King Street West. While the original Distillery Historic District shop is a raw space reflective of its brewery origins, this second outpost is sunlit and inviting, with earthy wood and Algonquin limestone counters. Leung, an architecture grad, collaborated with woodworking masters the Brothers Dressler to create the rustic space accented with the siblings’ distinctive branch chandelier. A main attraction is the open truffle lab, where you can watch specialty truffles come to fruition. Other Soma signature items are also available, from chocolate bars to hot chocolate mix and creamy gelato. And though the mighty cocoa bean is the star here, there is also a daily menu of light eats like pastries, focaccia and sandwiches.

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