André and Elsbeth Bollier immigrated from Basel, Switzerland to Kansas City in June of 1955. A Master Konditor-Confiseur, André's goal was to open a typical Swiss Confiserie producing only the highest quality confections in the Swiss tradition. In October of that same year, the dream became reality and André's was introduced to the unsuspecting Midwesterners of Kansas City.
Our merchandise, produced with pure butter, whipped cream, high quality chocolate, natural flavorings, is used with only the highest quality ingredients. This introduced our clients to an experience that, in the early years, could only be found in Europe.
Over the years, the business expanded and a tea room serving a light Swiss style luncheon was added. During the 1970's the "chocolate craze" hit the U.S. and sales of chocolate candies exploded. Son Marcel and wife Connie joined the business in 1974 and spearheaded the expansion of the Confiserie (chocolate) department. Through the years, franchises were started in Menlo Park, CA, Denver, CO & Houston, TX with Swiss Confiseur owners.