Montpelier's family run candy store featuring Lake Champlain Truffles, Boone's Fudge & Buckeyes, Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, Nutty Steph's and Laughing Moon's candy bars, Jelly Belly's and lots more.
Downtown Spotlight with Mary Kay Blouin, owner of Delish
Tell us about yourself and how you got into this business.
I was born in Montpelier and grew up here. After my husband died, working in retail offered me flexibility in my schedule as a single parent, and it was fun and got me out into the public. I was working for Kelly Sullivan [current owner of Splash Naturals] when she sold Delish. I managed it for the next owners and when they sold it four years ago, my sister Joanne and I became the new owners.
Why did you purchase Delish? Why do you enjoy owning a business in Downtown Montpelier?
I knew Delish well and just loved the autonomy of owning my own business. Also I love Montpelier and our community. I also love that I can shape our little business to fit the needs and wants of our community. I love the broad base that we serve, from kids to older adults, as well as larger companies and organizations and tourists.
What makes Delish special?
I think Delish is special because I get to carry a wide variety of great Vermont products, like Birnn Chocolates, Nutty Steph’s, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Liberty Chocolates, VT Nut Free Chocolates, Morse Farm Maple, and more. I love carrying retro favorites that I grew up with as well as a huge array of bulk sweets, gummis, Jelly Bellies, licorice, and a fully stocked chocolate case. Special orders are a delight for us.
What's your favorite candy?
People also ask what my favorite is and the truth is that I really don’t have a favorite. I have an appreciation for all of it. I do, however, what to know what everyone else’s favorites are so that I can be sure to carry them!
What's one thing people don't know about Delish that they should.
I love folks to know that although we are a small little shop, we work really hard to have the sweets that you love and that will make your holidays and gift giving super special. It means so much to us when you shop at Delish. Thanks and we love you!