Packaged Chocolate Goodies 12-07
|623 Park Avenue, Rochester NY, 14607-2924|
|Hours (as of March 2012)|
|Monday - Saturday: 10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|585 473 2098|
|Yes - side entrance|
Stever's is a chocolatier located on Park Avenue across from 7-Eleven. Hours, including Sunday, are extended near holidays.
The first time I walked into Stever's on Park Avenue, I really felt like I was walking into Willy Wonka's shop. (yeah - I know - he has a factory, not a shop, but whatever...) The smell of high quality chocolate (made right in the building) is so intense that it will make you giddy. At the holidays I've watched people line up a dozen deep in this tiny shop to drop hundreds of dollars each on candy for the family, to send to relatives, to fill stockings, etc. - but you can still get 10 cent suckers and single chocolate coins as well. - Anonymous
Douglas Stever learned how to make candy after returning from his WWII service. In 1946 he and his wife Hilda opened their first shop on Goodman Street. For awhile they were running three shops, one on Goodman Street, one on Park Ave, and one on West Henrietta, but since 1970 only the Park Ave location remains. Kevin Stever ran the business with his parents until his father's passing. Kevin & his wife Leslie have been running Stever's Candies Inc. since 1984.
The building that Stever's is in was built in 1911 as a telephone exchange. It became a candy shop in 1939. First as Reed's Candies, then Byrel's Candies, and in 1960 Stever's Candies.
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2006-11-14 07:42:56 we ordered candy from them for our wedding favors... very easy to work with, reasonably priced and lots of compliments! —JcPop
2006-11-15 12:14:52 Very good candy, and reasonably priced. —MrPhil
2007-10-08 15:14:21 Yum! The candy here is awesome and well worth the long lines before Easter. —FirstLast
2007-12-22 17:22:28 Wonderful local business, if you want something special for your business or for a party, you can bring them artwork and have custom chocolate coins made with your design on the foil, and once you pay for the special die they use to make them, the cost is very reasonable. —DottieHoffmann
2009-10-02 10:30:50 Purchased some Pumpkin Fudge in late September and it was not good. I'm not sure whether or not is was supposed to taste that way, but it seemed like the cream had gone sour and they used it anyway. If that's how the rest of their fudge tastes, I'm not interested. —MerCDotes
2010-06-18 19:17:25 The smell is great! I have tried many times to like the chocolate, but it just can't. It has a lingering after taste —Greta
2010-08-22 14:52:27 Their caramel apples, rolled in toffee bits, are amazing. The shame is that they are only available during the Park Avenue Festival (August) and Fridays+Saturdays in October. Well worth the wait. —MerCDotes
2010-09-17 00:43:20 I really want to love this place but the owners are so rude. Still the candied ginger and the chocolate covered candied ginger keep me coming back. If they carried the chocolate covered gummy bears all year round I would have a real problem. They really need to work on customer service skills. —PMazur
2010-09-17 13:31:07 I have been going to Stever's for years and have never experienced any rudeness. Some of the staff does seem a little shy from time to time. —RxScabin
2011-06-10 08:19:10 So yummy here. And I agree their caramel apples are soooooooo amazing! Also the staff has never been anything but nice to me and my bf. —saracon