André and Elsbeth Bollier immigrated to Kansas City from Basel, Switzerland 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.
In 2001, André's management team was joined by the third generation Bollier, René & wife Nancy. 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. A second André's (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.
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".
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.
Without you, our customers, André's would not have been such a huge success for more than 60 years. We hope you have enjoyed the experience as much as all of us have enjoyed producing for and serving you. The André's team looks forward to welcoming you during every visit in the future.