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Amy Servais - Owner/ Operator


Amy Servais is part owner and operator of The Original Velatis, a family owned retail candy shop, specializing in small-batch artisan caramels in the Washington, D.C. area. Amy’s entrepreneurial spirit, lead her to purchase the company and trademark recipes in 1996, when Woodward and Lothrop went out of business. With family investors she set off to conquer the world of caramel candy and bring back the old-time favorite caramels to the Nation’s Capitol.


Amy is a sixth generation Washingtonian, and Velatis caramel lover, with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, customer service, and retail sales in both the fashion and confectionary industries. Her love of candy, passion for quality and tradition, and interest in guiding the direction of the company through insights from her customers and her own unique creative perspective has been the key to her success. Amy has been responsible for store design, marketing, visual merchandising, product development, seasonal development, forecasting and analysis, manufacturing and daily operations.


Her mission is to make the best old-fashioned caramels, provide superior quality artisan caramels, and offer personalized customer service, made possible by the fantastic people she employs and calls friends. She embodies the mantra of “Do what you love…”, her experimentation with the recipes and artistry in handcrafting small batches of fresh caramels made from all natural ingredients , never using chemical additives or preservatives, along with an uncompromising commitment to quality has resulted in wide recognition as the finest caramel. With the introduction of rich new flavors and gourmet product lines including toffees, sea-salt turtles, caramel brownies and cupcakes, and hand-crafted Belgian chocolates to the original caramel line of confections, she has grown the business and become well-known as the “Candy Lady”. She makes the world a sweeter place one delightful bite at a time.