Homegrown Business: Kelly Bouchard and Sherri Martin of Sticky’s Candy & Emporium

Nestled in the heart of downtown Langley just outside of Vancouver, Sticky’s is a whimsical wonderland where vibrant displays of candies, chocolates, and treats beckon visitors to embark on a sugary adventure. The shelves are lined with an extensive array of nostalgic classics, international delights, and innovative creations, ensuring there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth. From gummies to chocolates, lollipops to liquorice, Sticky’s is a paradise for those with an insatiable love for all things sugary. We spoke to Kelly Bouchard, co-owner of Sticky’s Candy & Emporium, to discover more.

Sticky's Candy & Emporium

What is your business called and what does it do?

Our family-owned business Sticky’s Candy & Emporium, just outside Vancouver in Langley, BC, invites candy enthusiasts to our speciality confectionery store. We carry an extensive collection of nostalgic, imported, and speciality candies. You’ll find over 60 glass-bottled root beers from across North America, 200 bins of mix-and-match bulk candies, and an irresistible lineup of 24 flavours of Jelly Belly jelly beans and Island Farms Ice Cream with chocolate-dipped cones, to name a few. In 2018, we decided to add a little extra sweetness with an in-store bakery, where we whip up deliciously fresh fudge, cookies, bars, and other chocolate-dipped treats. And in 2022, we stepped up our game by introducing a freeze dryer, allowing us to freeze-dry all your favourite candies. Our extensive selection of bulk candies is not just perfect for satisfying personal cravings but also for creating stunning Candy Buffets for special occasions and supporting not-for-profit fundraising efforts.

What made you want to do this work?

I wanted to share that excitement with others by offering a diverse selection of candies, including rare imports and old-time favourites, creating a haven for candy enthusiasts. The concept evolved from a personal affection for the world of sweets into a family-owned business, driven by the joy of sharing delightful moments and making special occasions even sweeter. It’s immensely rewarding to see customers explore the aisles, discovering new favourites or rediscovering cherished childhood treats. Ultimately, opening Sticky’s Candy & Emporium was a labour of love, and the smiles on our customers’ faces make it all worthwhile.

What problem did you want to solve with the business?

Limited access to nostalgia-based confectionery!

Who are your clientele/demographics?

Pretty much everybody. Candy and sweets are universal, and we even carry a range of sugar-free and other dietary-restricted options.

Where in the city can we find your profession?

We’re located at 20464 Fraser Highway.

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?

The best part is creating an atmosphere in-store that everyone can enjoy. We love interacting with our customers and engaging with the community. I feel like the worst part is seasonal fluctuation. Maybe perishable inventory.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram

PAY IT FORWARD: What is another local business that you love?

Hard to pick just one, but you can find all of our friends at the Downtown Langley Business Association here.

 

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