See How L.A.'s Most Luxurious Chocolate Bars Are Made at Compartés' New Factory Shop

No golden ticket needed.

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What do you get when you mix a design-obsessed entrepreneur with an artisanal L.A. chocolate company? A recipe for delicious success in the form of Compartés, which has become known for its artful packaging and creative chocolate concoctions, thanks to CEO/owner/creative director Jonathan Grahm — and you can see how it all comes together at the 70-year-old brand's new factory and flagship store on La Brea (no golden ticket required).

The 6,000-square-foot space boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows between the boutique and the confections kitchen, allowing chocoholics to get a little taste (errr, a sweet front-row seat) of the dessert making process. The gift shop will stock Compartés' full line of one-of-a-kind gourmet milk, dark, white, and vegan chocolate bars, including best-selling flavors such as Donuts & Coffee, Cereal Bowl, Birthday Cake, its California-inspired collection, and plenty more decadent treats ($10 and up). In addition, the space will host tastings, special events, and private tours.

Photo: Courtesy of Compartés

The interiors were designed by Grahm, who decked out the space with luxe touches such as porthole windows, blue-veined marble imported from Italy, glass cases with intricate patterns, and acid-washed concrete floors. Rounding out the retail space is handmade furniture and a vintage Italian leather couch in the lounge area, custom-made lighting, and 14-foot brass doors inspired by the Art Deco accents from L.A.'s own Hollywood Bowl.

Over in the R&D and production kitchen, stainless steel equipment will help churn out a million sweet bars a year. (Fun fact: that's ten times more than the confectionery's current cacao-powered output.) The chic cookery is finished with antiqued mirrors, custom black cabinetry with brass hardware, and blue marble to create a luxurious playground for the Compartés' chocolate creators.

Compartés CEO and creative director Jonathan Grahm. Photo: Courtesy of Compartés

Grahm ushered the brand's makeover when he was just 15 after his family bought the confections business in the late '90s from Myrna Comparte, who founded her namesake company in 1950 out of her home in Brentwood. Her European-inspired desserts became favorites among Hollywood and political royalty, including stars like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Kennedys, and many others.

After training at the company as a teen, Grahm began infusing his family business with his fashionable tastes, designing display-worthy boxes, and whipping up innovative recipes. At 27, he nabbed a spot on Forbes' 30 under 30 list in 2012 and won over the tastebuds of Oprah, Drew Barrymore, Chrissy Teigen, Gisele Bündchen, Mindy Kaling, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Zoe, and many, many others.

Photo: Courtesy of Compartés

The shop marks Compartés' third L.A. location; the brand's also got an outpost at Westfield Century City in addition to its original Brentwood store and kitchen.

Scroll through the gallery above to see more inside the mouth-watering space, and see below for the hours and address.

Compartés, 516 North La Brea Ave., L.A., 90036; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (310) 826-3380

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