Stam Monthly – October 2013


If you haven’t been to Stam lately, or if you have friends and family who have never been, now is the time to get acquainted. October events will be full of live music, new drinks, fudge, and wine. Don’t let the busyness of every day life keep you from stopping and smelling (tasting) the chocolate! Drop by soon… we’ll be waiting for you with smiles, treats, and community activities all month long!


Calendar Stam Oct

Live Music Events All Month long!  

Baby Grand

This month Stam is proud to be hosting multiple live music performances. Print our calendar out and join us for talents such as Ken Jolls on piano, Jonathan Herman & Cassie Huang pianist, Sun Wong cello recital, Cecil’s Harp, and Sam Packard Pianist.

10/5 Saturday

  • 1:00pm – 4:30pm: Ken Jolls on the Stam baby grand piano
  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Jonathan Herman and Cassie Huang on the Stam baby grand piano

10/12 Saturday

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm: Sam Packard on the Stam baby grand piano
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm:  Ken Jolls on the Stam baby grand piano

10/13 Sunday

  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm: Sun Wong cello recital

10/17 Thursday

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Cecil’s Harp Irish country dance music  

10/19 Saturday

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm: Sam Packard on the Stam baby grand piano
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm:  Ken Jolls on the Stam baby grand piano 

10/26 Saturday

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm: Sam Packard on the Stam baby grand piano
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm:  Ken Jolls on the Stam grand Baby piano 

Musician Bios

Ken Jolls Jazz Pianist – Our local jazz pianist will be performing on Saturdays in October from 1pm – 5pm. Ken Jolls has played with jazz musicians around the country and the world. He once performed in a Bob Hope Show! Ken is a member of the Des. Moines Jazz Hall of fame. Spending your Saturdays with Stam will ensure you get a good fill of fantastic treats, coffee, and local talent.

Sam Packard Pianist –This young musician will amaze you with his natural sense of musicality and inventive tunes. Sam has composed many of his songs at Stam and we are proud to support this budding young artist. You can see him perform live in the shop, but until then check out this video teaser.

Jonathan Herman – Jonathan is an accomplished pianist at the ripe age of 15. He has received multiple awards and high placements in numerous competitions including his win of the Music Teacher’s National Association Nebraska Junior Piano Competition. As a midwestern artist, he desires to connect with his audience through the music!

Cassie Huang – Cassie’s passion for music spreads across both the piano and violin. She is an active 16 year old high school student who has been playing for 11 years. Cassie is a very accomplished pianist placing first in piano competitions across the Midwest. Cassie works on duets with Jonathan Herman and collaboration are near to her heart.

Cecil’s Harp –  A local Ames English Country Dance Band frequently plays at Chocolaterie Stam in downtown Ames, IA.  Cecil’s Harp plays music from the 1500’s to Jane Austen to present day. They are led by Linda and Gary Lieberman of Ames. Gary shows his talents on the guitar, clarinet, flute, oboe, mandolin and many more instruments. Linda plays whistles, fiddle, clarinet, and percussion.

Linda Waters – Book Signing 

missing chick

10/12/13  1:00pm-3:00pm – Linda Waters will be singing her new children’s book in our store on October 12th. “The Case of  the Missing Chick” features a character by the the name of Lucy. Lucy has never spent time away from home or her mama. So when the opportunity arises to attend a summer camp for girls, Lucy is very reluctant to go. Prompted by her mama’s assurances of fun and new friends, Lucy boards the bus that will take her to the summer camp.

But when Lucy experiences homesickness during her first day at camp, she feels that her only alternative for returning home is by running away from the camp. Lucy not only encounters unforeseen problems on her venture, but a few unlikely friends! Will Lucy be able to find her way home? Or will she decide to stay at the summer camp?

Chocolaterie Stam 100th Anniversary Celebration & Ribbon Cutting

Opa Jacobus Stam with Text

10/12/13 –  Stam’s history dates back to 1913, when a family in Holland opened a store serving the finest chocolate found throughout the Netherlands. That family, the Stams, operated their business in Holland for decades, with different generations of Stams leading the family-run company. In 1997, founder Jacobus Stam’s grandson, Ton Stam, brought those original European chocolate recipes developed by his family  to the United States and opened the first Chocolaterie Stam store In West Des Moines, IA. Today, that same family is operating the company on “both sides of the pond” with family-owned stores in Des Moines, IA and Middleton, WI along with supporting their “family shops” in four other states, totaling nine stores throughout the Midwest – including one of them in Ames.

Decades later, on November 17, 2006, Terry and Anne Stark opened the first non-family owned Chocolaterie Stam at 230 Main Street in Ames, IA. Orders come in from all over the world, as well right down the street. “We have made this our primary business and we can’t think of doing anything else or anywhere else.  We have great clients from all over Iowa, the US and other countries” said Terry Stark.

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This year, the entire Stam family, as well as their extended family (including the Starks), are celebrating 100 years in business with a series of events both in the communities they serve as well as in each of their stores.  You are invited to Chocolaterie Stam Ames for an Ames Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on October 31, 2013 at 5 p.m., celebrating the stores continued successes.  Guests can sample chocolate and gelato.  There will be wine tasting and musical entertainment during the evening.  Customers can follow Chocolaterie Stam Ames on Facebook and Twitter.

Stam Chocolate Charity Run 2013 flyer

The company and Stam family are also planning the first annual Stam Chocolate Charity Run in Des Moines on Saturday, November 16, 2013 with all net proceeds going to the John Stoddard Cancer Center, an organization close to the Stam family. For more information about this community event and fundraiser, visit

Store Specials


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Mention this newsletter and receive a free bonbon with coffee/specialty coffee purchase!

Shopping Local

Pinot Grigio

We now proudly offer bottles of wine from Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, IA.  We carry a great selection of  their finest wines.  It is now autumn, which is a great time for enjoying reds! Have you visited SMW and eaten at their full service restaurant? If not consider doing so soon.  Check them out at 


Do you want rewards?  Tired of the stack of punch cards that take up precious real-estate in your wallet? If so download Perka today! It is free for smartphone users to sign up. Click above to uncover our current Stam offering through perka!

We also accept Dwolla as payment.  Are you familiar with this money payment system created by Iowa’s own Ben Milne and bought in to by Ashton Kuchter?  The best benefit is that there are no fees for transactions under $10.00. This helps small businesses avoid the fees associated with payments made with credit/debit cards.  Even without using Dwolla, paying with cash helps the store owners avoid fees.  Check out their site for more information!

New Products


You asked for it and we made it happen! Don’t be afraid to come in for a sample and we are sure you will not be disappointed.

Choose from four delicious flavors. Can’t decide?  – Try them all!

  • Chocolate
  • Kikker
  • Maple Walnut
  • Salted Nut Roll

Seasonal Drink Specials

Tis the season for warm comforting beverages on those brisk fall days. We have some flavor combinations that will not disappoint. Stop in as soon as you are able to get a taste of three seasonal flavorings!

  • Pecan Pie Latte
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Toffee Nut Mocha

Caramel Apples – Get them while you can!

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Fall wouldn’t be complete with our delicious hand dipped caramel apples. We take it one step further by offering these freshly harvested apples dipped in Stam chocolate.  You can special order caramel apples now which we highly recommend as they are only produced every two weeks making them in high demand. First come first serve! Try any and all of our mouth watering flavors!

  • Caramel
  • Caramel and Chocolate
  • Caramel, Chocolate and Pecans

Hostess Gift


If you need a gift for the hostess with the “mostess”, be the guest that brings the best! Our fully loaded Hostess gift for the low price of $19.95 will show your hostess you are grateful for their hospitality.

Chocolate Feature


Fall Bonbons are in!

Our beautiful realistic looking fall bonbons have arrived.  These nuts, leaves, acorns, and our realistic owls make for a beautiful display at your table.  Order them in a chocolate log box so you can eat the “serving bowl!

 If you find yourself the host of this year’s thanksgiving or other fall event, imagine the excitement of your guests when they can eat your beautiful decor!

With music, sweet aromas of fine chocolates, and coffee filling the air this season, we welcome you and your families into our store. We promise to be ready with quality chocolates, a comfortable setting, and warm greetings.


Terry & Anne Stark



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