We often choose to hike in or near the Issaquah Alps because the return trip allows us to stop at Boehm’s Candies in the town of Issaquah. I remember this candy store from an earlier time when it was located in the Ravenna area of Seattle. Julius Boehm and his friend George Tedlock opened that store in 1942 shortly after Julius came to the United States. In 1956 the main operation of the candy business was moved to the Issaquah foothills where it still is today.
The University of Washington School of Architecture adopted Boehm's store shown above and below as an authentic example of an Alpine chalet.
The shop interior is on display with some of its chocolate delicacies in the pictures below. There are plenty more chocolates and other candies to choose from hidden from the camera's view. What is our favorite candy from Boehm's? The dark chocolate covered marzipan.
Julius was born in Vienna, Austria in 1897 and died at age 83 in 1981. In addition to candy making he was very active in many sports and climbed Mount Rainier three times during his life. He was recognized for his public service and donations by the City of Issaquah by a special Julius Boehm day (15 August 1978) and also has a swimming pool named in his honor.
For the last 30 years the company has been owned and operated by Boehm’s assistant, Bernard Garbusjuk. He is passing this legacy down to his children, Tyon and Narissa.