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Purdys Chocolatier Timeline
We've been making quality chocolate confections since 1907...and we have the sweet history to prove it.
View Purdys Chocolatier's historical timeline.
The Humble Beginnings
The Chocolatier joins the Café Business
From the beginning, Purdy insisted on using only the highest-quality, freshest ingredients in his chocolates.
Purdy makes it official
By 1914, the burgeoning City of Vancouver was claiming the title of metropolitan centre for all of western Canada.
“A Manufacturer and Retailer of High Class Confection”
The Book Keeper becomes the Chocolatier
Chocolate and Adversity
Like Father like Son
Frank Forrester joins his father, Hugh, in the chocolate business.
A Factory at last!
Purdy’s moves into its new factory and office on West 7th.
The Longest box of chocolates the world has ever seen!
The Yard stick box: Imagine a box of Purdys Chocolates three feet long!
The Purple wave hits the Suburbs
Frank established the company outside the downtown core with the opening of a chocolate shop in Kerrisdale.
Let's go to the Mall
The Flavelle and Wilson Years
The Milk Chocolate Revolution
Purdy's originally used only dark chocolate to make its products.
Only a ferry ride away…
The new retail outlet was a runaway success and remains one of the top stores in the chain.
A Place to Play
The idea of Choklit Park was sparked in 1969 when Purdy's ran into problems with its awkward loading facilities.
Purdy's Chocolates opens in Chinook Shopping Centre in Calgary
The Chinook Centre store was the first Calgary location for Purdy's Chocolates
We’re not so different you and I
In 1980 Charles Flavelle opened the first store in Seattle, Washington.
Lookin' good for 75!
Stop biting off our noses! The Hedgehog crave hits Vancouver
Karen Flavelle joins Purdy's as Executive Vice President
Bonte – je ne ‘say’ quoi?
The Colour of Chocolate is Purple
Karen becomes President
Karen assumed the role of President in 1997 with the Flavelle family's blessings.
The Purdys website is born!
Top 50 Best Employers in Canada!
Purdys goes on to win the prestigious Award in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016.
A Star is born…
Taste Testing the Waters out East
The Hedgehog is on the loose! – intro the "Hedgehog Utility Vehicle"
“What took you so long??” Purdys (finally!) hits Ontario
And the Award for The Best New Piece goes to…
The Santa Claus Parade!
It's no secret that we're pretty big fans of Christmas. We love being part of the magic of showing loved ones you care.
Most Influential Women in Business
New Digs on Chester Street
Hall of Famers
The Chocolatier’s Apprentice
Purdy's is Granted a Coat of Arms
100 Years of Chocolate
#1 Top Woman Owned Business” by Business in Vancouver Magazine
This year Purdy's Chocolates was named #1 in the Top 100 Woman Owned Businesses by Business in Vancouver Magazine.
Edmontonians vote Hedgehogs one of the Top 30 things to enjoy while visiting the city
The Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel - The Caramel to best all caramels
Golden Plate Readers' Choice Award
Gary gets his very own Chocolate Kitchen – flavour experiments abound!
Purdys in Union Station
Purdy's opened their first store in downtown Toronto, at Union Station.
Turona: Spanish Dreams
Gary Mitchell created a new piece for shops in September 2011, the Turona.
Brie and Fig Truffle wins Best New Truffle at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show
Meeting the Cocoa Farmers in Ghana
Purdy’s Glee Club WINS Canada Sings
Helping Hearts benefit Variety the Children’s Charity
Peter Higgins becomes President of Purdys
Purdys Chocolatier featured on Undercover Boss
Director of Marketing Kriston Dean went "undercover" for a special assignment.
Peter Rabbit Gets a Name Change
The NEW Sweet Georgia Brown Family
Single Origin Bars
Karen Flavelle Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women
Commander in chief Karen Flavelle (Owner & CEO) recognized once again for her Entrepreneurship and Leadership in business.