About Us

Founder, André Bollier with son, Marcel                               
THREE GENERATIONS. ONE PASSION.

Three generations of Swiss confiseurs have made André’s one of America’s premier chocolatiers since 1955.

René Bollier knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a confiseur just like his father, Marcel, and grandfather, André. He apprenticed by their sides, trained in Switzerland, and today is proud to be carrying on their legacies. René has immersed himself in the art of Swiss techniques. While honoring that tradition, he is known for bringing his personal passion, ingenuity and pride to create distinctive chocolate experiences. 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.

The stable foundation that André Bollier 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.

André’s Confiserie Suisse has been a Kansas City treasure for over sixty years and continues to delight the community with gourmet chocolates, pastries, tortes and baked goods. Chocolates and various specialty items can be purchased online. Additional items can be found in store.

Scherenschnitte is the feature of André’s new packaging, created in 2017. This detailed art of continuous paper cutting, that originated in Switzerland during the 16th century, reflects the heritage of the Bollier family and the store's many longtime Andre’s employees, who strive to bring the same precision and beauty to chocolate making. Elements of their various scherenschnitte patterns (such as the Swiss flag, a chalet, edelweiss, the three generations, an alphorn, a chef  + animals that help to create or harvest the high-quality ingredients) are represented throughout the lines of products. We invite you to experience our new gift boxes for yourself, others, and all that scherenschnitte.

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The Story of André's

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 1970s 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.

René Bollier is honored to now take the business into its third generation. He knew from a very young age (and actually announced to his kindergarten class) that he wanted to be a confiseur. René has been in and around the business since he was 5 years old, working weekends and holidays throughout grade school and high school, training alongside his family. After attending the University of Kansas to obtain a degree in business he followed his father’s footsteps and went to Switzerland to master the art of pastries and chocolate, apprenticing with various pastry chefs around the country. René now runs the business in Kansas City and is the third generation Bollier to start in the kitchen at 3 am to create chocolates, baked goods, pastries and tortes for the community that has made André's a tradition for over 60 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Overland Park, KS location as well as to our confiserie, tea room, café and wine bar at our flagship store in Kansas City, MO.

André's Overland Park

From our family to you, we hope you enjoy each and every bite.

 

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