Since 1947 Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana having earned a reputation for providing high quality products and excellent service. Their heritage was built on the simple premise of creating their products from the finest ingredients and providing customers with great service. Today they continue the tradition by uniquely combining high quality products with a warm friendly customer experience that is supported through a successful community of caring owner operators. They continue to offer the finest quality traditional down-home confections and ice cream that are kitchen made fresh from premium ingredients and original recipes.
Their values are simple; Treat others as you want to be treated, Do your best, and Have fun! These values translate directly to a culture of people who are driven to provide an exceptional confectionery experience. Coupled with their high quality products, in-store craftsmanship, and genuinely friendly staff they create an atmosphere that their customers want to visit again and again. From sight, to taste, to touch, smell and sound a visit to Kilwins provides an authentic sensory and taste experience like none other. Their customers have come to know and love them as â€œMy Kilwinsâ€ and share Kilwins with friends and family. Kilwins is where people celebrate, vacation, and share the experience of life, family, and gifting in a nostalgic Americana setting.
â€œSweet in every Sense since 1947â€
Our History and Timeline
1947 â€“ Don and Katy Kilwin open their bakery and candy shop in Petoskey, MI
1971 â€“ Don & Katy sell their Bakery and focus on their love = chocolates and candy
1978 â€“ Don and Katy sell their business to Wayne and Lorene Rose, who start expanding into new stores
1979 â€“ Don and Robin McCarty enter the business
1982 â€“ Kilwins begins to franchise stores
1995 â€“ Don & Robin McCarty buy Kilwins from the Roseâ€™s and begin to ramp up store expansion
2005 â€“ Kilwins establishes a 2nd distribution center in Florida to support their Southern stores
2011 â€“ Kilwins continues to sell their premium hand-made chocolates, confections and their original recipe ice cream to their customers
This web page does not constitute a franchise offering or an offer to sell a franchise. A franchise offering can be made by us only in a state if we are first registered, excluded, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state, and only if we provide you with an appropriate franchise disclosure document.