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November 15, 2018 - 1:11pm

Press release:

Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County teams up with Oliver’s Candies, located at 211 W. Main St. in Batavia, for Santa Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Come visit Santa, shop for sweets and enjoy a petting zoo! There will also be hot dogs for sale! A hot dog, bag of chips and a soda can be purchased for $3.

You can also help build Habitat’s next home by “Sponsoring a Stud.” Sign your name or write a message on a 2 in. x 4 in. for a donation of $1 and it will be added to Habitat’s current project at 6 Manhattan Ave. in the City of Batavia.

All purchases and donations benefit Habitat’s mission to provide decent, affordable housing to families in the community. As always, Habitat thanks you for your support.

October 20, 2018 - 9:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oliver's Candies, elba, business, news.

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Jeremy Liles, owner of Oliver's Candies, with the help of his family and employees, made the company's new production facility in Elba today official with a ribbon cutting.

Oliver's hosted two days of open houses in the candy factory and the satallite candy and ice cream shop on Main Street, Elba. Liles moved production from the Main and Oak location in Batavia, so the business could expand, while keeping the store in Batavia. That store will also expand now that candy production has been moved to Elba.

Previously: Oliver's Candies to triple its manufacturing capacity by moving kitchen to Elba

October 2, 2018 - 1:47pm

(File photo of the Sweet Life Country Store.)

The Grand Opening of the Sweet Life Country Store & Oliver's Candy Factory in Elba will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, with tours, vendors, live music, giveaways and more.

The completely refurbished building is located at 100 S. Main St. (Route 98) in Elba.

On Friday, Oct. 19, there will be candy factory tours and plenty of giveaways, starting at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Then on Saturday, Oct. 20, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a trio of vendors will be on site selling their products: Jackie's Jams; Peg's Produce; and Vicki Price Jewelry.

Circle B Winery will offer wine and chocolate tasting. There will be giveaways galore and candy factory tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will take place that Saturday at noon.

Josh Hawkins will perform live music Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend.

In an exclusive interview with The Batavian on June 14, Oliver's Candies co-owner and Vice President Jeremy Liles shared the 80-year-old company's plans to triple its confectionary manufacturing capacity by moving its kitchen operation entirely to the newly acquired Elba facility. (Here's that story.)

Those plans also included the 1,000-square-foot retail store at the front of the property that offers candy, ice cream, Oliver's custom-roasted coffee, country-style Americana crafts, and more.

(Below is a file photo of the new candy kitchen in Elba where all of Oliver's Candies are now made.)

June 14, 2018 - 11:50am
posted by Billie Owens in elba, batavia, news, Oliver's Candies, notify.

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Oliver's Candies is poised to triple its confectionary manufacturing capacity as it begins operating its kitchen in a newly acquired Elba facility, located at 100 S. Main St. (Route 98).

By this time tomorrow, all the stoves there will be fired up and cooking. It also has a 1,000-square-foot retail store at the front of the property that sells candy, ice cream, coffee and country-style Americana crafts.

The move is a seismic shift for the 80-year-old, renowned local chocolatier and purveyor of colorful ribbon candy, unique sponge candy, and other award-winning sweets.

The entire factory will be based in Elba. The iconic Swiss-chalet-style Batavia store on West Main Street will expand its food service and retail space into the former candy-making areas at the back of the store.

"We've been busting at the seams in Batavia for a couple of years now and we've talked about building onto the existing building (in Batavia)," said Oliver's co-owner and Vice President Jeremy Liles this morning. "We looked at expanding here, but the Tonawanda Creek was problematic and the option was just too expensive."

As it turns out, "We didn't choose Elba, Elba chose us."

He explained that his company owns commercial properties in several locations in Genesee County. They looked at property in Le Roy and Corfu, but the drive time didn't work. The Elba option was only a six-minute commute from Batavia, and although it required an extensive overhaul, Liles said they acted quickly to seize the opportunity.

That was in November.

"It called to us, and we acted fast," he said. "It had a cute barn for the store, loading docks, smooth concrete. We converted the inside; insulated it; added central heat and air-conditioning, put in steel walls that are easy to clean, new hoods for the ovens. Redid the roofs, which were pretty worn. It's nice."

The structure was built as a warehouse; it has served as a produce stand and an ice cream stand and a barn sale site.

The remodeling, relocation of cooking operations, and overall expansion plans will cost Liles "more than I ever wanted to pay" but the growth potential is enormous; it is a shrewdly calculated risk.

"It's very scary -- I've got to sell a lot of candy now," Liles said. "It's a huge change, huge growth, but a lot of opportunity there."

A groundswell of corporate and wholesale customers is driving the expansion. Liles said they are providing a large catalog company with private-label candies and are growing sales in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and are looking at an opportunity in Georgia.

While they are concentrating on manufacturing for the foreseeable future, Liles' vision for the Batavia store is that it keeps its rustic charm and expands the ice cream and coffee customers' seating areas, with great big picture windows overlooking the Tonawanda Creek, with a beautiful roaring fireplace, too.

About a month ago, Oliver's started offering its own custom-roasted coffees. Liles would like to partner with a bakery to sell pastries to go with that coffee in Batavia and Elba. Liles' wife, Sandy, operates the Elba retail store.

"My big dream is to have a drive-thru at both stores," he said.

Liles said now is the company's "quiet time" but by late fall he expects to hire at least two people. And "if Elba takes off," possibly more in both the manufacturing and retail operations.

Meanwhile, there are some cosmetic finishes still needed in Elba, including staining and painting on the outside, and landscaping.

"We've come a long way; it's not 100 percent yet, but we'll get there," he said. "The upstairs is not being used yet. But we have some ideas for the space, like at Christmastime.

"I love doing all this. It's fun, exciting but also very scary."

Top photo: Master candymaker Doug Pastecki and Jeremy Liles.

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March 17, 2018 - 6:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oliver's Candies, batavia, news.

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Abby Snyder, 7 months, made her first visit to see the Easter Bunny today at Oliver's Candies.

Also stopping for a visit, below, is Jazmyne Green, 2, with her father Bleyke Culver.

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November 18, 2017 - 2:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Santa, Oliver's Candies, batavia, news.

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Kamrey Reigle, 4, gives Santa a hug today at Oliver's Candies. The store brought Santa to town today along with ponies for the children to ride.

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Aubri Dart, 2, wasn't as sure about Santa, even crying rather than get on his lap, as some of the other children did.

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Eithan Worden, 3, with his mother, Jamie Worden, enjoyed his pony ride.

November 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
posted by Genesee Chamber... in #Batavia, Oliver's Candies.

Walking into Oliver’s Candies is a treat for the senses – the smell of chocolate and other sweets-in-the-making, the shelves of bright, colorful candies, and the excitement of choosing that delectable treat to indulge in on your way out the door. This sweet little shop in Batavia, NY is all about the homemade touch – and it shows in the delicious goodies they craft right in house.

On a trip to Batavia, you can’t miss Oliver’s. And you probably won’t – it’s the only Swiss-style chalet in the town, simply beckoning visitors to swing by and check it out. In fact, the original building was once part of Joseph Oliver’s house. Open since 1932, Oliver’s is currently on its fourth generation of family owners, and it continues to use those proven family recipes that make up the Oliver’s difference – real ingredients, butter, cream, and other natural products. Cocoa beans are hand-selected to produce the best and sweetest chocolate in the area – a level of melty-goodness and care that is not found elsewhere.

No matter what time of year you visit, Oliver’s has the right treats to fit the season. Homemade ice cream and custard (with fresh whipped cream!) are a hit in the summer months, while the winter brings on ribbon candy and homemade candy canes. Sponge candy is a famous favorite that can be found year-round, dipped in milk, white or dark chocolate, or found “naked” if you so desire it. The famous WNY delicacy has a sugary, melt-in-your-mouth toffee inside, arranged in a light, honeycomb center, with a chocolate coating that is irresistible for anyone who takes a bite.

Oliver’s goes all out for the holidays. This winter season, the shelves are filled with peppermint bark, snowballs, gummi snowflakes, foiled Santas and bells, Christmas fudge, red and green malt balls, and more – offering a tasty treat for parties, gifts, or stocking stuffers for the kids. Seasonal gift baskets and boxes are also available as the perfect gift for the choco-holic in your life. And on select days, Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance at the store (even they agree that Oliver’s has the best candy selection for miles around).

Note: Order online and Oliver’s provides free shipping on orders of $50 or more. It’s all too easy to hit that $50 mark when you see the selection they have to offer! Or find Oliver’s Candies on Amazon – new this year!

Want to see how it’s all done? Oliver’s offers private tours of their candy-coated operations by appointment, so you can see the progression from cocoa bean to casing. It’s a fun peek into the process (think Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory, but with more precision and less chaos!).

In short, you’ve got to visit this small-town candy shop with BIG flavor. The love and care they put into their products are as tangible as the chocolate scent that fills the air.

Check out the Oliver’s website for photos, orders, recipes, trivia questions, and video. And don’t forget to check their social channels on Facebook or Twitter for coupons, special offers, giveaways, and early warnings about approaching “candy holidays.”  

To learn more visit www.VisitGeneseeNY.com

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