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* Hello Cocoa is now Markham & Fitz. TASTE THE CHANGE October 16 *

Meet the Makers

Hello, nice to meet ya.

Preston Stewart

Preston Stewart
Co-Founder & Chief Chocolate Officer

Lauren Blanco

Lauren Blanco
Co-Founder & CEO

Why, hello! Lauren & Preston here.

Welcome to Markham & Fitz, our passion project for delicious, high quality chocolate and sustainable business development.  We're so glad you've joined us for the journey.
We hope to deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure in chocolate.


I (Preston) am chief of all things chocolate, have achieved certification from École Chocolat in Chocolate Making, and as a Professional Chocolatier. 

I've always had an interest in culinary crafts, and my background is in chemistry, which has turned out to be a perfect fit for chocolate making.  I'm passionate about educating our customers in the complex world of chocolate and our bean-to-bar process.  Through our many creations, I want people to experience chocolate in a variety different flavors, textures, and applications.


I (Lauren) am our business-side-o-things and creativity gal. My background is in cultural anthropology and economic development in the nonprofit sector, where my international work experiences shaped my desire to build a business that could positively impact communities through commerce and the supply chain. My goal is that Markham & Fitz has more than one bottom line, so that business success can be measured not only in profit, but in impact, both within our local community and globally.  

I also just love craft chocolate. And the wild world of creativity - aesthetically, culinarily, experientially - that this industry has opened up for us to explore with our community.


We love to collaborate, swap ideas, and meet new folks. Drop us a line if you'd like to connect.



Lauren & Preston

Markham & Fitz Chocolate








Oh, and then there's Mark,

He runs the numbers and stuff.