Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ki'Xocolatil Mexican Belgian Chocolates

Expat's and locals shop at the little factory shop in Pensions or the boutique in Montecristo because that is where you'll find a selection of bon-bons that make your head swim. In the downtown location they only sell a small selection of chocolate bars and tablets. Drop in for a hot or cold chocolate drink or dessert with coffee. But it's worth seeking out the wider selection at Rosas y Xocolate hotel or the full range at the other two Ki'Xocolatil locations.

"In the Mayan and the Nahuatl languages, the word Ki-xocolatl means: delectable chocolate. This name was chosen in honor of the two great pre-Hispanic cultures that dominated the cultivation of cocoa plants, and passed it on to modern man. The Olmecs as well as the Mayas were the first to cultivate cocoa, which was used to prepare a drink offered in their religious ceremonies. Cocoa beans were later used as a monetary medium of exchange in commercial dealings. Later, the Aztecs mixed cocoa with spices to convert it into a drink for Gods and Kings."

In less than a month the Chocolate Museum will open in the Ruta Puuc between Labnah and Xlapac. Of course the owner's of Ki'Xocolatil Matheu & Stephanie Brees are behind the plantation and museum.

Pensiones: Calle 5-D #313 x 38 y 38-A
Centro: Calle 55 No. 513 x 60 y 62
Montecristo: Calle 49 x 32
 #215, Local 17, 
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Hotel Rosas & Xocolate: Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41

Casa Montejo

Haciendas Mundo Maya has a new shop in the recently restored Casa Montejo on the Gran Plaza in Merida. In addition to crafts from the Yucatan they have items from many of the other states of Mexico. A nice selection of books on Mexican crafts as well.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Coqui Coqui Perfumes in Merida

The new Coqui Coqui boutique has opened in Merida with a selection of perfumes and candles and soon the boutique will include the collection of accessories Hacienda Montecristo which is sold at Barney's in New York. The spa will open in 2011.
Legend says, that during the colonization of the new world, the Franciscan monks, while entrusted by the Queen of Spain, picked flowers, woods and exotic herbs together within the Mayan natives in the remote land of the Yucatán Peninsula.
So many species were found, that the monks, little by little, began to create a large botanical catalog, giving rise to the most original eau de cologne, emulsions and lotion formulas, as well as introducing perfumes mixed with essential oils, using native flora from the Yucatán Peninsula.

Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award for Artisan Revival

Artisan Revival: The Haciendas, Yucatán, Mexico
When development company Grupo Plan began a painstaking restoration of colonial estates that once anchored the Yucatán’s sisal industry, it had little idea that its five beautiful hotels (from the jungle-shaded Hacienda San José to the stately and manicured Hacienda Temozon) would end up revitalizing entire areas of rural Mexico. The properties inspired a wave of community-focused tourism. Today, folk art collectives sell handicrafts both to the hotels and directly to the wave of visitors they are now attracting. Meanwhile, a cultural center and hotel-sponsored initiatives promoting health and literacy are allowing these once-depressed communities to take a larger role in determining their own future.

Take the Trip: Each of the Haciendas has an on-site boutique selling local handmade goods such as carved horn necklaces and Mayan cotton hammocks.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Let there be Lighting

After working on several large design projects in Merida and not being able to find nice lighting fixtures or furnishings we decided to something I swore never to do again. We opened a store. A little store by appointment only. A couple of years ago we closed that venue but we still have a few lanterns in storage or we can special order them. One can see a selection of the lanterns and lamps here . Email us for a price list.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Artesanaria Santa Lucia

On the corner of Calle 60 and Calle 55 there is a new shop that has many of the best crafts from Mexico and the Yucatan. They have a small selection of things that you can also find in the Grupo Plan stores around the Yucatan and in the Montejo House on the main square. They also have some things you'd find at the Fonart store at San Angel Hotel on the remate de Montejo. They have a nice selection of the lamps that are designed by Marieke Baumgarten for Manos Mayas. I have found many nice gifts for the home and jewelry there in the past couple of months.

It's 1/2 a block from the Cafe Ki'Xocolatl which has desserts and coffee but the emphasis is on the Chocolates made by master chocolatiers Stéphanie Verbrugge and Mathieu Brees from Belguim. They also have some nice gifts.

Calle 60 x 55

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Hennequen Handbags & Boxes

Louise Vogel is a national treasure. You can see her handbags and baskets in the Santa Lucia market square on sundays or you can get in touch with her and visit her workshop. Here you can learn a thing or two about Hennequen and weaving.