Love is in the air at Suburban Square—and not just because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
Whether you’re treating yourself or a special someone, indulging in sweets and treats is a Valentine’s Day must. We got the chance to speak with the owners of Kilwins Ardmore, Joe and Diane O’Neil, to get the scoop on the store.
Mixing Business and Pleasure
Considering Joe started as a lawyer and Diane worked in social work, owning a confectionary store was far from the minds of these two. They first tried Kilwins while touring a college campus with their son, and it was love at first bite. Their individual experiences in service-oriented businesses, combined with their affinity for premium sweet treats, made opening a Kilwins in Suburban Square the ultimate passion project.
The O’Neils describe Suburban Square as a modern town center with deep historical roots, making it the perfect location for a Kilwins. The Square fosters a great sense of community, and Joe and Diane couldn’t wait to become a part of the excitement. “We get to be the kids in the candy store every day,” they say. “And we absolutely love it!”
The Kilwins Experience
The O’Neils will never tire of hearing customers exclaim, “It smells so good in here!” as they enter the shop. There’s a good reason why it smells so inviting—many Kilwins products are made from scratch right in the store!
“We use two traditional copper kettles to make caramel, fudge, caramel corns and brittles,” they say. “We get to hand dip and decorate our chocolate and caramel selections in Kilwins Heritage Chocolate and serve unique original recipe ice cream that you can only get in a Kilwins store. Our fine chocolates are all made by hand in the Kilwins Kitchen in Michigan and marked by hand to tell what they are.”
Plus, did you know that all Kilwins chocolate is fair-trade certified? This ensures that the farmers can sustain their businesses through fair labor and payment practices. How sweet is that?
Valentines Gifts Galore
Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, but it’s not too late to find the perfect present. Whether you’re eyeing a traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates or fun Valentine’s Day-themed gifts, Kilwins has you covered. Choose from a variety of sweets like chocolate-covered Oreos, marshmallows, or pretzels, gourmet ice cream cakes, or even a quart of your favorite ice cream to share (or to keep for yourself).
Kilwins is currently taking pre-orders for chocolate covered strawberries. If you place your order before February 12th, you’ll even receive a special bonus gift!
We think it’s safe to say that even Willy Wonka himself would be a fan of Kilwins Ardmore. Stop by this unique chocolate factory before February 14 so you can conquer Valentine’s Day with impeccable taste!