Sarah's Candies To Celebrate Grand Opening at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

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Something sweet is coming to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Sarah’s Candies, a confectionery airport concessionaire with homemade local delights, will celebrate its official grand opening on Monday.

Sarah's Candies store at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

“We’re excited to launch the new store to engage all five senses of passengers and enhance their overall travel experience,” stated Imberman. “The hope is that you will smell the chocolate aroma in the air as you are walking to your gate."

Something sweet is coming to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Sarah’s Candies, a confectionery airport concessionaire with homemade local delights, will celebrate its official grand opening on Monday.

Sarah’s Candies is unique in that all the locally made products are sourced from women-owned local businesses, including founder Sarah Levy Imberman herself.

“As a woman who started my company from nothing in my mom’s kitchen and who remembers how tough it was in the beginning to sell my products locally and make a name for myself, I wanted to support other women entrepreneurs,” commented Imberman. “Being born and raised in Chicago, keeping the products and vendors in my hometown was also important to me to support the community and economy.”

The new store, located in Terminal 2, features the finest handmade chocolate candies Chicago has to offer. It offers Imberman’s own award-winning sweets as well as her handpicked homegrown favorites such as Veruca Chocolates, Amy’s Candy Bar, Whimsical Candy, and Sulpice Chocolat. There is also a separate section for snacks with all-natural ingredients for the more health conscious traveler.    

“We’re excited to launch the new store to engage all five senses of passengers and enhance their overall travel experience,” stated Imberman. “The hope is that you will smell the chocolate aroma in the air as you are walking to your gate. Then you will be captured by the colorful packages of all the candy.”

The grand opening event will include a ribbon-cutting, cooking demonstration, product sampling, prize giveaways, and a live guitarist, along with a sneak peak at the second edition of Imberman’s cookbook, Sweetness: Delicious Baked Treats for Every Occasion, hitting shelves June 2016.

In 2004, Chicago native Imberman’s passion became her profession when she launched Sarah’s Pastries & Candies out of her mom’s kitchen. Soon after, she opened her pastry shop near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. In 2011, she competed on the Food Network Challenge and won the show’s $10,000 prize for her 3-feet tall dinosaur-shaped cake, complete with a moving head and tail and a habitat of dry ice for extra effect. She expanded her business beyond pastry and entered the airport food concession space in recent years, when she rebranded her company S. Levy Foods.

The store is a licensed partner with leading North American travel retailer Hudson Group. “Our partnership with Sarah’s Candies further defines our commitment to Chicago O’Hare International Airport to bring the best brands the city of Chicago has to offer," commented Hudson Group President & CEO Joe DiDomizio. “The quality of Sarah’s Candies as well as the fine selection of the other confectionery brands only reinforces our goal to be 'The Traveler’s Best Friend.'”

Sweeten up your next Chicago airport travel experience and stop by!

About S. Levy Foods:

Award-winning pastry chef Sarah Levy Imberman expanded her business beyond pastry and entered the airport food concession space in August 2012, when she rebranded her company S. Levy Foods, a certified ACDBE (Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise). Sarah’s passion for food thrives as she helps to bring “real food” (which reflect the local market) to airports. Sarah has since grown to operating restaurants in five airports--John F. Kennedy, Sacramento, Phoenix Sky Harbor, San Diego, and Los Angeles--and is a proud joint-venture partner of SSP America. Sarah is thrilled to bring back her Sarah’s Candies brand through her partnership with Hudson Group at Chicago O’Hare International Airport--Terminal 2.

About Hudson Group:    

Hudson Group, the largest travel retailer in North America, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of international travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN) of Basel, Switzerland. Hudson Group operates over 973 Hudson, Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, cafes, specialty retail and duty free shops in 83 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada. Dufry operates over 1,700 stores in more than 60 countries and 240 airports and transportation terminals around the world.

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