Unwrap your imagination!
A whimsical wonderland offering an unparalleled selection of specialty candies and luxurious chocolates from around the world that make every visit a sweet experience.
What’s in Store?
We are a unique, privately owned treat shop with over 300 bins of bulk candy, 18 different flavors of chocolate truffles, 60 baskets of saltwater taffy choices, shelves with over 1350 lollipops, European and Japanese confections, puzzles, novelty candies, 20 rotating flavors of fudge, several types of peanut brittle and candied nuts, 24 flavors of Turkish delight and everything in between, including gift boxes, gift towers, and the incredible treatosphere! Please stop by for a sugar high!
Fun for All Ages!
The theme of the store was inspired by the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with all of the moving contraptions located throughout the factory. I located some old, very badly worn and neglected displays that had been removed from an amusement park in Ontario, and after some very expensive shipping, they arrived and I was able to completely rebuild them, including new drive gears, motors, chains, sprockets, paint and TLC, all made possible by my years of experience with similar equipment in the garage door industry. I then used my engineering education to add actuator buttons and built control boards with timers to make the displays interactive for customers. Come by and check out all the fun!
I ran a successful garage door business in Calgary, Alberta for many years. For a long time, I’d wanted to try something new and live somewhere else, but the security my job provided me, along with my friends and family in Calgary, made it hard to take the first step. Then, at the end of 2019, the world was hit by COVID-19, and while it certainly was a tragedy, in some ways it also created opportunity by severing some of the comfortable routines I had come to rely on. By early 2020, I found myself in the same situation as many entrepreneurs, where COVID-19 had all but destroyed my business. It seemed there was no better time to throw caution to the wind, move cities, and start something new. With the decision made, my wife and I came to Kelowna at the end of November 2021.
Dreams Become Reality
I have always loved visiting candy stores in the places we travel to and noted that Kelowna did not have one despite the tourist nature of the city. With no competition, I figured that it would be a good business venture if I could find a location in the tourist-heavy downtown area. After a cold call, a candy store pitch and several months of waiting for the previous tenant’s lease to end, I was finally able to take over an ideal space. As it was an older building, I ended up doing a full renovation, taking the space down to the studs, replacing the plumbing, electrical, floors and lighting, and transformed the space into Von Schweets Treat Shop – a name chosen from many conversations initially inspired by a line of dialogue in the movie Good Will Hunting. I researched and selected appropriate suppliers for each section of the store, ordered several metric tons of candy, created interactive displays, and with the help of my first two employees, loaded and moved everything around several times so it would be ready for our grand opening on July 1, 2023. The rest is history in the making!
Word on the Street
Love the vibrancy of the store and the welcoming, friendly personalities. I’m a child at heart and LOVE candy! If you haven’t been here, you’re missing out!Shelbi-Lynn P.Kelowna, BC
What a fantastic store! So many new unique and delicious things to try. The kids loved all the interactive buttons!Steve & Crystal ChristieKelowna, BC
The best selection of candy and chocolates in town. The shop is laid out in a really fun and exciting way. Prices are decent and the service is friendly.Miles ThorogoodKelowna, BC