Master Konditor-Confiseur André Bollier and his wife Elsbeth emigrated from Basel, Switzerland in June of 1955 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.
André created premium chocolate candies, an experience that in the early years could only be found in Europe. Over the years, the business expanded and a Tea Room 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. A second location (André's Rivaz) opened in 2002 in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb south of Kansas City), owned and operated by André's daughter Brigitte and husband Kevin. Later that same year, the business welcomed André's grandson René and wife Nancy.
Three generations of Swiss confiseurs have made André’s one of America’s premier chocolatiers since 1955.
René Bollier is honored to now take the business into its third generation. René knew from a very young age (and actually announced to his kindergarten class) that he wanted to be a confiseur, just like his father and grandfather. He apprenticed by their sides, trained in Switzerland, and today is proud to be carrying on their legacies. Nothing inspires him more than simply being in the kitchen, perfecting classic recipes and creating new ones for the incredible community that has made André’s a tradition for sixty years and counting.
André's is recognized in "The Book of Bests" as 'Best Domestic Boxed Chocolate'. The book states, "André's chocolates are not for the timid. The flavors are strong and rich. Exceedingly fresh and tender, they are worthy of any Swiss Confiserie".
We hope you enjoy the André's experience as much as we enjoy producing for and serving you. The stable foundation that André built with his dedication to provide only the very best products and superior customer service remains carried on by the commitment of the Bollier family, as well as the store's many long time employees.
From our family to you, we hope you enjoy each and every bite.