Our Team


Lagusta is a restless rabble-rousing chef-turned-chocolatier who’s in love with deep flavor, ethical sourcing, farmers, the food poor people around the world have always eaten, lactic acid fermentation, and noodles. Her favorite chocolate is always and forever the Smoky Corn on the Cob Bar.


Kate is the general manager of the chocolate shop, overseeing and jumping in on a bit of every last thing as it’s needed. She’s a Scorpio who is passionate about breakfast, drag, and the power of friendship. Her favorite chocolate is the Tahini Meltaway.


Jenn is a chocolate shop manager as well as a chocolatier! She’s a taurus, an incredible crafter, someone we can always count on to lead us in mid-day stretches or in song. And she can even tapdance. Her favorite chocolate we make is the seasonally beloved Pig Out Bar.


Sam is a star chocolatier and maker of all recipes, bringing a patience and magic into our shop and infusing them into our confections. She’s a gemini, a fan of fermentation, and an intricate artist of self-poked tattoos. She’s enthusiastic about all our tahini-based sweets.


C is our newest chocolatier and a meticulous and glowing addition to our world. Their energy keeps us afloat in even the most stressful of seasons, and they do beautiful freelance illustration work when they’re not here making caramels.


Erika is a top-notch customer helper, as well as a chocolatier! They can always be trusted to share with us photos and stories of their two cats, Pumpkin and Waffles, and is the first person to point out cute dogs when they pass by the shop outside. Their favorite piece is a tie between the Tahini Meltaway and the Thyme Lemon Sea Salt Caramel.


Mike is the heart of our shipping operation, always working hard to get your chocolates out to you so you can enjoy them as soon as possible, and the one in the room with a good joke to tell, always. He wishes Fugazi would just do a reunion tour already and seems to enjoy all our confections equally, which feels like such a beautiful thing.


Michaela is our customer service expert and lifeline. She manages to keep the chocolate case stocked up, even on the busiest days, and extends warmth and care to every customer in the retail space. She’s a full-spectrum doula when she’s not at the counter ringing up your caramel boxes, and her favorite piece is the Strawberry Balsamic Caramel.


Ericka is our resident photographer, social media manager, customer helper, and recipe maker! She took all of the B&W portraits you see here, and keeps our social media game on point and looking stunning. Her favorite chocolate is the Peanut Caramel Bar.


Shelly is the production manager here at the shop, making sure everything gets made according to schedule and is up to our high high standards. She’s an aquarius, is trilinguial, and in love forever with her rescued perfect pitbull, Nana. Her favorite chocolate is the Spicy Thai Peanut Caramel, which only comes around once a year.


Rachel is the general manager of LL enterprises: including Commissary, our cafe in New Paltz. She keeps everything together for us, and is always quietly behind the scenes making sure everything is going as planned. She loves escape rooms, fermentation, cooking, and rocks with moss on them. Her favorite chocolates are the Strawberry Balsamic Caramels and the Peanut Butter Caramel Bar.