NOFOmation is our monthly newsletter written to keep NOFOlks up to date on new products and current events at NOFO!
Valentine's Day used to be for lovers only. Today, however, it's been expanded to include all the folks in our lives whom we love.
Your expressions of love need not be big & expensive. NOFO has silly candies as well as fine chocolates. You'll find Valentine's cards, heart-shaped cookies, and small toys.
We've delicious smelling lotions, perfumes, soaps, and candles. We've lounge pants and robes for him and beautiful gowns for her.
Be smart. Play Cupid at NOFO.
Double Does It
A chocolate covered chocolate Oreo cookie is a doubly delicious treat loved by adults as well as children. Ours are wrapped in colorful foil, ready for gifting.
They are a great way to spread love to friends, teachers, neighbors, classmates and such on February 14 or on any day of the year.
Food & Frivolity
This February is chock-full of holidays & happenings. There's the SUper Bowl, Winter Olympics, Academy Awards, and Mardi Gras - just to name a few. Something for everyone!
To make sure you have what you need for each of these occasions, shop NOFO. We've both the food & frivolity that February requires.
Chocolate of the Stars
Jonathan Grahm, at the age of 24, shook up L.A. and the world of chocolate when he took over Compartes, the movie star's favorite shop since the 1950s.
He transformed it into an internationally recognized brand famous for its L.A. vibe and stylish flair that marries chocolate and art.
We welcome Compartes' bars to NOFO. Made by hand in Compartes' L.A. kitchen, the bars are crafted from organic chocolate and the freshest & best ingredients. Known for their unusual flavor profiles, their unique artful inclusions and their beautiful wrappers, these bars will not disappoint.
Love is in the Air
Sometimes having love in the air is not enough. It needs to be in a box with a bow, personally presented on February 14.
If you're looking for fine chocolates, let us help you. NOFO's one of the few places left that allows you to build your own box by selecting individual pieces. We can do any size assortment, from 2 to 20 or more!
Mix pieces from Moonstruck, Chocolate by Grace, Kohler, Gerhardt, Red Light, Christophe, Ghyslain, and Avenue de Chocolat.
NOFO's full of ways to express your love, and we've plenty of boxes to put it in.
The Ultimate Valentine
This edible, hand-painted chocolate heart box filled with six hand-painted chocolate hearts is the ultimate Valentine's Day gift. Made by renowned chocolatier Ghyslain Maurai, it's available in dark chocolate painted red.
The hearts inside are Raspberry, Vanilla, Espresso, Cherry, Strawberry, Caramel, and Orange Chocolate; each one seems more beautiful than the rest.
Think like a squirrel. They don't venture far this time of year. They stay tucked in with their food supply and wait out winter.
Gather food from our freezers: chicken pot pies, spaghetti, pies, casseroles, baked zitis, soups, ham rolls, biscuits, cakes, pies, chili, and such. Stock up and stay in!
If the perfect gift for your Valentine is not flowers, chocolates, or champagne, it can be tricky to find the ideal gift.
Poppy's trio of handcrafted popcorn packed in a beautiful box may be the solution. The box contains a bag of dark chocolate cherry, salted caramel, and chocolate peanut butter popcorn ideal for the snack lover.
A Bubbly Evening
Tie up a split of champagne with a bottle of sweetly scented Spuma di Ciampagna bubble bath and some champagne truffles.
Make it a full bottle of champagne and you may be asked to join her for a bubbly evening in the bath.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Call us to order your Valentine's dinner, dessert, wine & Champagne. Set the table, lay the fire, lower the lights and have a sweetheart of an evening at home.
Feast and Fast
Easter is early this year, making Mardi Gras start sooner than usual. Fat Tuesday, the last day of Carnival, is February 13, and is traditionally the day to feast on eggs, milk, cheese, and meat before the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday.
We have local eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, ham, pancake and hoe cake mix, syrup, honey, and Homeland Dairy milk so that you can prepare a proper Mardi Gras dinner celebration at your house.
Fairy Hair Fridays
As usual, we're hosting the Fairy Flare Fairies on Saturday, February 3 from 10am-3pm. We're happy to announce the Fairies will be back at NOFO from 4-8pm on Friday, March 16 and Friday, April 13. Get glittery and enjoy $5 Sparkletini's, wine by the glass specials, and Shirley Temples for the youngsters. Please make your reservations here.
Bathroom Brooches & Blossoms
Used to be, flowers made of soap sat prettily on bathroom counters collecting dust until they were discarded. No one wanted to be the person who ruined the soap sculpture.
Our new soap flowers are more beautiful than ever, and they're functional. Each petal is its own individual soap. Dress up your powder room with a rose, peony, gardenia, or magnolia blossom.
We've also found old-fashioned soap bathing brooches. These coconut oil and mango butter-infused soaps are good for your skin and are jewelry for the bath.
Tom & Sallie suggest that you paint yourself or your partner with their Chocolate Body Paint for a tastefully creative Valentine's night. If you're not feeling quite that saucy, it's great poured over ice cream.
Add shimmer to keep your skin sparkling. Beekman's Lump of Gold Soap with essential oils soothes and nourishes the skin and it's full of gold glitter for shine. Follow up with a pot of gold-whipped body butter full of silk protein and plenty of gold sparkles.
Paint your nails with our confetti nail polish. Have fun like the young gals and paint each nail a different color.
Use our shimmer powder puff on your face, hands, and décolleté. You'll sparkle like the star you are.
Martha Stewart calls decorating with cotton the "chic choice year round." The snowy white cotton balls are certainly a no-brainer for winter decor. Use cotton ball stems in bouquets and hang a cotton ball wreath for a beautiful wintry front door statement.
We've enjoyed working with horticulturist and designer Nicholas Askew, who grew up on his family's cotton farm in Eure, NC. His wreaths are fuller and fluffier than most on the market, and his "naked" stems and wreaths are beautiful and useful all year long.
Look for his cotton ball heart-shaped wreath for Valentine's Day.
NoFolks want to entertain easily without spending too much time preparing for or cleaning up after their guests. But, they still want their fun to be fanciful and pretty!
Meri Meri, Caspari, Table Talk, and others have designed beautiful disposable plates, bowls, napkins, cups, banners, and table decor that meet NoFolks' expectations.
We love the mix-and-match colors, the English prints, the Liberty of London patterns, the clever die-cut plates & napkins that work for both adult parties and children's birthdays.
The new trend in paper products is stamped gold and silver patterns on white. Have fun mixing and matching for a sophisticated look.
No Shucking, Casanova
Casanova, the renowned 18th century lover, ate 50 oysters for breakfast each day. He certainly had a lot of shell shucking to do every morning.
The Loftin Brothers, from New Orleans, eat their oysters later in the day and prefer them chargrilled. They've come up with a way to enjoy the delicacy without all the shucking and clean up.
The boys have perfected a handsome, natural, organic clay compound ceramic oyster shell that can withstand direct flame and high oven temperatures and is easy to clean. Pick up a bag of 12 shells and make charbroiled oysters Bienville or Rockefeller for Valentine's night.
Casanova would agree that oysters are the perfect choice for lovers.
We've watched folks warm up to Divine Delights petit fours over the years. These pretty confections have a real following, and it's always fun to watch or hear what our customers intend to do with these treats.
Some NoFolks eat them as soon as we hand them over and some select pieces to make up a gift box. We often add them in to a box of chocolates a customer's putting together. Grandmothers love them for tea parties with their grandchildren.
Last week, we were asked to wrap 4 petit fours separately. This father was putting them on the pillow cases of his wife and each of his three daughters. When asked what the occasion was, he replied, "So they don't forget how much I love them." Delightful!
Modern Stogie Story
Will McQuain is a Southern boy who attended Wake Forest University. He knows how Southerners love to connect and celebrate even the smallest, most insignificant occasion.
Will always felt that lighting up a good cigar and having one to share is a great, low-key way to connect with folks. So, he brilliantly designed a simple humidor pack that includes two premium cigars, a double-guillotine cutter, a pack of matches, tasting notes and a "How to smoke a cigar" guide...a modern reinvention of cigar culture.
The humidor pack fits easily into a golf bag, fishing box, hunting jacket, suitcase, or home bar; and contains everything you need to light up, make a friend, and celebrate.
A Farmer's Market in Your Freezer
Congrats to Patrick Mateer, who founded his company, Seal the Seasons, in his UNC dorm room. Patrick was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs.
Check our freezer for Seal the Season's flash frozen local product like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, berry blend, peaches, broccoli, and kale.
Patrick only buys produce from NC family farms and devotes 20% of his profits to fighting hunger in our state.
The North Carolina chef who bakes this decadent dessert explains it this way: "If fudge and brownies had a sweet little baby, Chocolate Heaven would be it." There's this dense, chewy outside wrapping itself around a creamy, smooth center; and all of it is rich, deep, and chocolatey.
It's available in a 6" and 9", has no preservatives, and is all-natural and gluten-free. You can top it with whipped cream, berries, Grand Marnier, a dusting of powdered sugar, or simply as is.
The absolute must for Valentine's Day dessert.
NOFO's Starry Night coffee with chocolate, Videri's Chocolate Tea, French Broad's Oaxaca and dark sipping chocolate, Black Mountain's signature dark and cayenne cinnamon drinking chocolate are delicious ways to win over a chocolate lover one sip at a time.