2006 Emerging Business of the Year
Life is sweet for chocolate lovers in downtown Emporia, Kansas! The mother-daughter team of Toni Bowling and Kim Redeker opened The Sweet Granada in November, 2004. There is no argument that this is one of the best smelling places in town, not to mention a special treat to anyone with a sweet tooth. This retail shop is as elegant a place as you would expect to find in the finest shopping districts in large cities. It offers a warm and friendly atmosphere with superior service and extremely high quality products. It has been said by many, that Sweet Granada chocolate is the best there is. This location is a particularly special one because it is the south storefront of the historic Granada Theater, which will be totally restored and in use again sometime during summer, 2007.
When Kim and Toni came to the Emporia State University KSBDC in January, 2004, they were in the early stages of their business plan. They were very informed about the industry and did a great job of market analysis and business planning. The KSBDC has been able to be involved with not only business planning, financial projections, choosing a form of ownership and an accounting system before the business opened, but also hiring employees and considering new markets after the business opened.
Both partners have made significant sacrifices to go into this business. Kim gave up her job as Marketing Director for the Presbyterian Manors and Toni changed from her job in the Burlington school system to a new part-time job at Emporia State University in order to be closer and more available to the business. Each year has been exciting with the continuous development of new products, custom-made products and the wholesale market. Kim and Toni have made the Sweet Granada a wonderful destination in downtown Emporia. Congratulations to them on their success and future successes!