Lake Erie Candy Company was founded in March of 2019 by Missy Bertges and Greg Fornalczyk. Missy and Greg owned a retail store called B3 Gallery & Gifts and they were looking for a candy that looked like authentic beach glass. However, the couple had no luck finding such a product and thus created their own. The response to Beach Glass Candy was so positive, that they decided to sell their store to a local artist and focus on Lake Erie Candy Company.
Missy and Greg developed this business from 1 product to over 50 unique products within a year. This combination of handmade, gourmet, Erie themed and custom candies are now featured in dozens of retail stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. This couple has since started an LLC called Lake Erie Mercantile, which distributes gourmet sauces and specialty items that they wholesale to other small businesses in the Tri-State area.
Missy and Greg were both born and raised in the Erie area, Greg went to Mercyhurst Prep and Missy went to McDowell. This couple shares a deep love for Erie, both the consumer and small business owners. Greg has a daughter and Missy has two sons, but together they’re your average happy American family.