Author: Mark P. Lazzara
The holidays would not be the same without chocolate; Landies Candies always has unique confections for gifts. Landies has remodeled its store and added a dessert bar on the third story of the Tri-Main Complex just in time for Christmas. The new space holds many new amenities, including chair-side service, their award winning stuffed pretzels and a wide variety of chocolate bars. Buffalo’s very own winter variety of sponge candy is being hand made behind the shop in the Main Street Tri-Main building.
Larry Szrama, the owner, and his family are thankful for their success and have spent four generations, giving back. This Buffalo based business provides a meal for a destitute family, for each candy bar sold. The Szrama’s, have been helping families in need for four generations. Larry has watched his grandparents on both sides, as his parents have quietly served their community. Landies has two philanthropic arms – “Pretzels with a Purpose” and a “Meal for a Bar”. Both gives to the neediest families in WNY through the Western New York Food Bank and disaster relief.
Last year alone, even Disney’s super hot “Frozen” sales barely out paced Landies Candies in top sales items on QVC, America’s largest home shopping network. To add icing to that sweet reality, UPS had to engage extra 737 aircrafts to transport the largest QVC shipment in its history: 250 pallets of Landies’ chocolates. All that during their 30th year of service to Buffalo.
Landies is ranked 12 of 50 fastest growing companies in Western New York by Buffalo’s Business First. Wegmans supermarkets (the 2016 Business First Small Business of the Year) contracts with Landies Candies to be their premier chocolatier, serving all 90 of their stores in Western and Central New York.
We offer a gourmet, luxurious chocolate with old-fashioned, handcrafted taste, cooked in a space-age environment.
Landies has “state of the art” modern manufacturing techniques, which includes pending patents. Larry Szrama states, “We offer a gourmet, luxurious chocolate with old-fashioned, handcrafted taste, cooked in a space-age environment. My plan is to grow in Buffalo and create more job opportunities for my fellow Western New Yorkers, who may be struggling.”
Landies is a certified organic company located in Buffalo’s University District and is positioned now for long-term, sustainable success. Landies has 31 years of outstanding growth and development as one of Buffalo’s leading small businesses. For three years in a row, Landies Candies took a top place on the list of top 50 fastest growing companies in Western New York.
Come try it, every good neighbor “bit” is made in the “Queen City”.