From Humble Beginnings...
Cocoa Made is a Virtual Café and Gift Shop. It was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur, Vee Gilbert-Bell, and is run by her and her two daughters. As a family, and as women entrepreneurs, we are passionate about encouraging other women to pursue their goals and dreams by any means possible!
We started out as an online bath and body shop, that we ran right out of our home, in our tiny kitchen in Oakland, California. Vee, our founder (and mom), started the business when she could no longer work her 9 to 5 marketing job of 15 years, due to an injury and a chronic pain illness.
Her goal was to create something that would encourage others to indulge in self care, but when her illness worsened, it became difficult for her to manage the shop, which lead to its closure. Broken, but not beaten, this did not stop her. Because helping others has always been the spark behind her fire, she chose to re-imagine Cocoa Made into a platform to support and inspire others to become the very best version of themselves.
Through thoughtful posts and original quotes on our social media channels (what we call our Virtual Café) and through our online Gift Shop, we are now a source of world wide inspiration. In her own words, Vee says, "You never know what the Universe has in store for you. But one thing I'm certain of is that, if you want it more than you fear it, and you put the work in, the Universe will conspire to make it happen. Just believe!"
Our Values: The 3 C's we believe in
From being an inspiration to others to being an advocate for mental health and self care, we have 3 core philosophies that we live by.
We believe in more than just amazingly cute gift items and super inspirational posts. We believe in making a difference in people's lives and hearts with our message. We apply these 3 values to everything we touch.
Through daily positive posts, we use our social media platforms to inspire and motivate others to be the best versions of themselves.
We create thought provoking content in order to open up conversation and dialogue to show how we, as people, are more alike than we are different.
We centered our brand around coffee and the idea of a virtual café, because coffee is the thing that unites us. No matter where you are in the world, you will always find a café where people are gathered and conversations are happening.
What's In A Name?
Whenever we, as a family have come up with a business idea, a cup of cocoa or a caffé mocha has always been present. Well, sometimes tea but mainly cocoa and coffee. Although we like to believe that we are self-made, we think that all those cups of cocoa had a little something to do with it. So, as a nod to one of our favorite brain-storming drinks of choice, we chose the name Cocoa Made.