Welcome to Boehm’s Chocolates of Poulsbo
Establishing Boehm’s Chocolates in the quaint town of Poulsbo was a wonderful decision. Poulsbo’s central location on the Kitsap Peninsula is convenient from any direction. Only a ferry ride from Seattle, plus a few short miles along the fjords, Poulsbo is commonly known as “Little Norway,” located in the waterfront area on Liberty Bay, beautifully highlighted with the majestic snow-peaked Olympic Mountain range in the background.
It was during the 1984 Viking Fest celebration when Boehm’s Chocolates of Poulsbo first opened. Suzanne Suther, who was the assistant manager of the Issaquah Boehm’s factory store, was lending a helping hand for the grand opening. Suzanne subsequently became the owner of the Poulsbo store in 1987 and is now in partnership with her daughter Karen Suther.
Julius R. Boehm (1897-1981), our founder, was of Swiss-Austrian descent. Two years after immigrating to the United States in 1940, Julius established the first Candy Kitchen on Ravenna Avenue in the north end of Seattle.
It was 1956 when the company was moved to its present location in Issaquah, where Julius established a new Candy Kitchen and the Edelweiss Chalet which became his home. It was 1978 when Julius had the charming Alpine Chapel built on his land next door. The chapel is a replica of a 12th-century chapel near St. Mortiz, Switzerland.
Suzanne and her daughter Karen consider it a privilege to have had the marvelous experience of knowing Julius Boehm personally and working directly with him in Issaquah, thus knowing first hand the high standards Mr. Boehm set for candy making, which are still painstakingly upheld by Bernd Garbusjuk and family.