Enstrom Candies’ Arvada location has moved a few storefronts down and expanded its treat offerings, but the family business known for its almond toffee remains the same.
“My grandfather Chet Enstrom started the business,” said Front Range Area Manager of Enstrom’s Rick Enstrom. “He came to Grand Junction in 1928 to open an ice cream shop.”
While running his ice cream shop, though, Chet continued to pursue his hobby of creating delectable confections, including almond toffee, and in 1960 he founded Enstrom Candies.
For the past 28 years, Rick Enstrom and his wife, Linda, have operated Enstrom stores on the Front Range, including the Arvada location.
The Arvada location has moved a few storefronts over to 6770 W. 52nd Ave., Suite C, to allow for the store’s redesign and expansion and to allow other businesses to fill the building’s space.
“The family owns the building and we’ve leased it to a security engineering firm,” Rick said. “The building is now 100 percent occupied. It’s bringing a lot of jobs to Colorado and we’re excited to be part of it.”
Enstrom Candies has also expanded its space and offerings through the relocation, Linda said.
“We wanted to expand our presence in the area,” Linda said.
And they already have. Since the move a few weeks ago, Enstrom has had double the customers, Linda said.
While the space is bigger, so is the menu.
Enstrom in Arvada now offers coffee and pastries as well as more ice cream flavors in addition to its chocolate offerings and famous almond toffee.
“If it’s chocolate, we make it,” Linda said. “Almond toffee is our specialty. It’s easy to chew and tender and comes in different flavors.”
Chet’s original recipe for almond toffee is still the one used by Enstrom today.
“We’re a wonderful family business and that’s what separates us from a lot of other candy companies,” Rick said. “It’s all in the family.”
Rick’s sister Jamee and her husband, Doug Simons, an Arvada West alumnus, are now the owners of Enstrom.
Residents have a chance to taste the famed family recipe and other treats during the grand opening between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the new location.
Customers can taste free samples of Enstrom World Famous Almond Toffee, Enstrom Premium Ice Cream and Seattle Roasted Gourmet Coffees during the grand opening as well as enjoy free wireless internet and both indoor and outdoor seating.
Enstrom Candies in Arvada is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.
For more information about Enstrom Candies, visit www.enstrom.com.