SOURCE: NOKA Chocolate

October 01, 2007 09:00 ET

NOKA Chocolate Dallas Boutique Wins AIA Honor Award

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - NOKA Chocolate is proud to announce that its flagship boutique in Dallas, Texas, has been presented with the Honor Award from the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for Small Buildings. An Honor is the highest level of recognition given by the AIA and NOKA was selected from a field of forty-nine entries.

The AIA works to "Encourage, Promote, Advance, and Coordinate efforts to uphold the highest standard of the Architectural Profession in the community."

Architect Joey Shimoda of the Shimoda Design Group ( created the stunning boutique in Victory Park in partnership with Dallas-based architectural group, BOKA Powell (

Joey Shimoda was inspired by the synergy and vision that Noah Houghton, President of NOKA Chocolate, displayed during their first meeting. "I could tell from the beginning that we could create something truly unique. A space that would challenge the traditional vision of how a chocolate boutique could look and feel."

Passers-by are stopped in their tracks by the dramatic impact created by the stunning design made to resemble a cacao pod. The award-winning architects worked closely with the boutique's owners, Noah Houghton and Katrina Merrem, to create an organically inspired luxurious space.

Upon entering the store one immediately feels a sense of exquisite luxury, a sense of indulgence. Both the boutique's deeply grooved, textured walls and elliptical ceiling, which flows to the floor, represent the organic nature and physical aspects of a cacao pod. Cascading from the ceiling, a hand-blown Italian glass sculpture represents a droplet of water, which symbolizes the beginning of life for the cacao tree, as well as the purity of NOKA's chocolates.

The NOKA Chocolate flagship boutique is located at 2422 Victory Park Lane next to the W Hotel, which was presented with the Honor for Large Buildings in Dallas by the AIA. The boutique opened in May of 2007 in Victory Park, one of the most significant, master-planned urban developments in the South West (

NOKA Chocolate is a luxury chocolatier, which specializes in pure, unadulterated single-estate chocolate. Ranked '#1 luxury chocolate in the world' by the food editors of TASTE, and 'Best Chocolate in America' by The Nikkei, NOKA Chocolate creates magical moments and memories for its customers.

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