Fran’s has 4 stores in Seattle and Bellevue and can be found in many retails over the United States. They recently have opened a shop in Nagoya, Japan.

The chocolate Production is carried out in the Georgetown store, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. The location alone is worth a visit. The old red brick building with its industrial style has been restored keeping the original aesthetic and high ceilings.

In the store, a large window allows you to watch the manufacturing process.

Fran Bigelow’s passion for pure flavors and simple ingredients was inspired by a visit to Paris. She opened her first pastry and chocolate shop in 1982. It was undoubtedly at the origin of a renaissance of artisanal chocolate in the United States.

Different dates mark the growth of the brand and the birth of different products. In the caramel, coated with chocolate, the heart of the “Gold Bar”; (now one of the company’s well-known confectionery stores) was replaced by delicious salted caramels. A small line of five hand-soaked truffles is also a specialty.

For Christmas, let yourself be tempted by Fran’s Advent calendar filled with tasty chocolates. Or a box with your own assortment of their delicious chocolate

This holiday season, the Fran’s is partnering with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tea Leaves to host a “Nutcracker Land of Sweets Open House“. The event will take place at their Georgetown’s location on Saturday, December 7.

It will include tastings of their Organic and Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate, sampling Tealeaves’ Organic Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker teas.  Storytelling, activities, and an exhibition of the costumes from PNB’s iconic production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.  

The Georgetown store also offers daily Guided Tasting Experiences and is an excellent event space for parties and gatherings throughout the year.