Tucked in the hills of beautiful Monroe, Wisconsin, The Swiss Colony began in the entrepreneurial spirit of a young Ray Kubly. As a student at the University of Wisconsin, Ray wrote an advertising campaign that detailed a business that sold cheese by mail and after graduating he took that class project and began to mold it into reality from the basement of his own home. In 1926, he mailed out flyers advertising cheeses, which he cut, wrapped, and shipped. During his first year in business, he sold all packages of cheese that he had prepared. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, as interest in the company increased, so did its size and profits, and in 1954 Ray incorporated The Swiss Colony from the enterprise begun in his basement. In 1961, Ray was finally able to focus full time on his company and since that time The Swiss Colony and its affiliated businesses have grown by leaps and bounds, from cheese and food gifts to general merchandise encompassing several different brands. In June of 2010, the corporate name of The Swiss Colony, Inc. was changed to Colony Brands, Inc. and today the company is one of the largest direct marketers in the U.S. Colony Brands, Inc. provides customers with furniture and home décor, apparel, entertaining products, gifts and collectibles and much more. The Swiss Colony, LLC subsidiary was formed to continue to sale cheese, pastries, sausage and other food and gift items through the Swiss Colony® catalogs and web site. It continues to be family owned and guided by Ray's son, Pat Kubly, who is Chair of the Board, and Ray's grandson, Ryan Kubly, the director of strategic planning. Both Ray's family and Colony Brands, Inc. as a whole continue to dedicate themselves to their customers, employees and the direct marketing goals set by Ray's fine example.
This year is a special year for The Swiss Colony as it marks their 85th year in business. It also happens to be the 20th anniversary of their Gingerbread House Donation Program. By the end of 2011, more than 200,000 houses will have been donated to kids spending the holidays in children's hospitals nationwide. All you have to do to help is simply send Petits Fours to someone on your list and The Swiss Colony will send a Gingerbread House to a child in a hospital in your region. They'll let your gift recipient know that a Gingerbread House has been sent to a child in need, in their name, at your request. Plus, a "Thank You" card will be sent to your gift recipient from the hospital to recognize their gifts to these special children at Christmas. This special gift distribution is made possible by the arrangements of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, Inc. NOTE: Note: Gingerbread House Program is only available with purchase of 72 Petits Fours.
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I received one dozen free Holiday Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes from The Swiss Colony in order to do this review. Each mini cupcake weighs 0.75 ounces and they arrived hand-decorated beautifully with holly, ribbons, or the word "joy" over luscious frosting. The box they came in was beautiful and could easily be reused to hold a Christmas gift or other Christmas treats. The cupcakes tasted absolutely wonderful. They were very moist and the cake did not crumble if you couldn't enjoy this cupcake in just one bite. The frosting tasted wonderful as well. It was very thick and sweet but not overly sweet. Everyone who tried a mini cupcake really enjoyed them as well. These cupcakes sell for $16.95 a dozen, which is a little pricey, but I guarantee that anyone receiving these would be absolutely delighted. You can have them shipped to you or to anyone you'd like.
|What a beautiful (reusable) box.|
|The entire box minus the two we first enjoyed.|
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