Katie Kelly and her husband always knew they wanted to start a family business, and 2014, a special year for the couple, saw both the birth of their daughter and ANCHOR TOFFEE. A long way from the fish market in Connecticut where Katie got her start before bringing her passion for food to Johnson & Wales, Anchor Toffee has since earned recognition from Yankee Magazine and in Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of RI list. While her husband manages all things toffee, Katie wears many hats as the head of operations, which includes working their retail store and fostering joyful customer experiences – an area where she flourishes. “I have always wanted my own business because I really wanted to create something that would make people happy and feel good,” says Katie, and the candy shop she helped build is hard to leave without smiling. The business continues to grow, with a commercial kitchen and second retail shop in the works at the Farm Fresh RI Hub in Providence and plenty of new products on the horizon.
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