Spotlight: All City Candy
How did your business get its start?
I always wanted to own a business and I finally decided if I didn’t do it “now,” it would never happen. I investigated many business opportunities but decided on candy because it makes everyone smile. I also wanted a family friendly business that my own family could get involved in.
How long have you been in business?
We opened our doors in October of 2013.
What makes you unique?
All City Candy is a 5,000-square-food candy wonderland. We have just about every kind of candy you can image, from nostalgic favorites to today’s popular items. We have more than 600 bins of bulk candy, candy by color, fine chocolates and fudge, and we are also home to Pretzalicious, a line of gourmet chocolate-dipped pretzels and confections that we hand drip right here in our store. Beyond our product line, what makes us different is our approach to customer service. Our store is welcoming, bright, fun and clean, and we make sure that every customer is greeted and fed with a sample. We are always here to help with questions; if we don’t have a a product they’re looking for, we will do our best to find it and bring it in for them; and we take the time to help with selections for candy buffets, gift baskets, or other needs. We also create custom gift baskets or candy packages for businesses.
Our corporate clients love the personalized service we provide them. We are now also offering candy buffet set up services. We’ll design the buffet, bring it to the client’s venue to set it up, and take it down after the event, so hosts don’t have to worry about that aspect of their event.
What do you like most about your job?
The best part of my job is seeing happy customers of all ages. Everybody loves candy and when they walk in and see the expanse of fun. colorful candy, they turn into kids all over again. Some people gasp, some shout, some just stand there in awe. Their comments are often quite funny, too. We’ve even had customers ask if this is what heaven looks like!
What do you like best about working in Cleveland?
I’ve lived in Cleveland my whole life, so I don’t know any different! Cleveland is a wonderful city with so many great things to do and I’m just happy to be able to bring a little fun and happiness to the people who live and work there.
How did you come up with your business name?
We actually had planned on a completely different name, but after we had designed our skyline logo, we found that there were some legal issues we hadn’t anticipated and couldn’t use the name. So, we had a brainstorming session to come up with a name that we could use in the same design. It had to be something that represented the use of the skyline, and because we offer something for everyone, we decided All City Candy reflected both those ideas.
What does keep it local mean to you and your business?
Keeping it local means supporting and giving back to the community we love. We need local support to keep our business growing and we are more than happy to share our success with our neighbors to ensure that we have vibrant, thriving community in which to live, work and play.
Do you want our readers to know any additional information?
Our mission is to provide a place of happiness, where we create fond memories and inspire people to be creative, to be kind, and to be giving. I think, if you haven’t visited us before, you will see that we are doing a pretty good job of that. Of course, we’re always striving to improve on that.
Even if you’re not a candy fan, a trip to All City Candy is worth the time. We promise you won’t leave without a smile on your face.
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