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Karen and Roman – Cocoa Bean’s Regulars from Naperville

Karen and Roman Stelmachowski are two of our regulars who could easily win the cutest couple award!  They have been traveling all the way from Naperville two to three times a week for the past year and have truly become Cocoa Bean regulars!  Their daughter, who works in Geneva as a stylist, first turned them on to Cocoa Bean after they started regularly visiting her and touring the charming downtown.

 

Karen worries that they are visiting so often that they are making a nuisance of themselves, which is hardly the case.  When she got the call from Inga at Cocoa Bean recently about wining the Cocoa Bean Box prize, (stop in and enter your name for a chance to win a bakery box of Cocoa Bean goodies!) Karen joked, “when Inga said she was calling from Cocoa Bean I thought she was calling to offer me a job!”

 

They are such avid fans of the many delicious treats that early this Spring, when Karen was sick, Roman drove her to Cocoa Bean and they ate in the car outside so as not to spread germs.  They wanted to get out of the house and get Karen the mushroom barley soup to soothe her flu.  Bad weather has not been a deterrent for Roman who will drive there for their weekly fix– no matter the conditions.

 

“We love seeing Roman and Karen weekly – they are the sweetest couple!” said Inga, a baker at Cocoa Bean.

 

Their absolute favorite items to get routinely are the croissants; Roman’s personal recommendation is the almond.  When they had their very first croissants at Cocoa Bean they were immediately taken back to their trip to Paris, and are now addicted to them.  Karen has high-praise for the morning buns, as well.

 

The next thing they want to try is the beautiful cakes they constantly see going out the door – with a bunch of grandkids they are looking forward to surprising them with a special cake on their next birthday!

A Love Story 40 Years in the Making

The story began more than 40 years ago, when Jon Love and Kathleen Huber met in their eighth-grade classroom.  It blossomed into something more a couple years later, as Jon gave Kathleen rides to and from Kaneland High School in his 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.

As they rode, they talked. The two became high school sweethearts, and dated from sophomore to senior year. Kathleen smiled as she recounted the simple gestures he made, such as bringing a blanket for her on the cold winter car rides. Read more

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