Chocolate and drinks are what’s new at Mulberry & Mott

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The last time The Pitch checked in with sweets mogul Natasha Goellner, in August, she was in the process of closing down the temporary location  of her Plaza candy and pastry shop, Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott. When Halls vacated the Plaza, she and her mother, Vicki Goellner, with whom she owns the business, had relocated to 320 Ward Parkway, with an eye toward a more permanent home in the shopping district in the near future; if nothing else, she planned to open a pop-up shop there for the holidays. 

Flash-forward three months, and Goellner is still far from Brush Creek — and may not bring Mulberry & Mott back to the Plaza. 

“The Plaza is for sale, so its future is uncertain, at least for a small-business owner like me,” she tells me. “I want to wait and see what the new owners, whoever it is, will be doing with the property. In the meantime, I have a successful wholesale and online business.”

Even that pop-up, set for Saturday, December 12, is happening somewhere else.

Goellner’s old-school customers who want to purchase her colorful macarons, eggless marshmallows and satisfying cookies directly from her get the opportunity December 12, when she turns her commissary kitchen, at 216 West 73rd Street, into a pop-up store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“If there’s a good response to it, I’ll have another one closer to Christmas,” says Goellner, who has also booked other vendors for December 12. “We’ll be selling bags of Meta Coffee and products from Vain Vanilla and a sugar bath scrub from Satya & Grace. I’ll also be selling my own pancake mixes.”

In addition to introducing a few new colors and flavors of macarons — including a woodgrain version — another new item for sale at Goellner’s pop-up will be her own chocolate bars.

“I’m starting my own chocolate line,” she says. “I’m calling it Bokkie Sjokolade. It’s a tribute to my husband, who is South African, and our daughter. The Afrikaans word for ‘small child’ is bokkie, and the word for ‘chocolate’ is sjokolade.”

Goellner also plans to use the 73rd Street commissary kitchen for a series of cocktail classes in December and January, taught by Jared Murray, former bartender at Room 39 in Leawood. “We’ll have food, and Jared is a very entertaining teacher,” she says.

Goellner and her husband became friends with Murray when they were regular Room 39 customers.

“My first shop was out there in Mission Farms,” Goellner says. “So we started eating there, at the bar, every Wednesday night. And when Jared left Room 39 to focus on his day job as a contractor, we really missed him. So we encouraged him to come to our kitchen in Waldo to hang out and teach people how to make great cocktails.”

The next cocktail class is Thursday, December 10. It focuses on champagne and dessert. To register, call 913-216-4093.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink