Local Family Business
ESTABLISHED IN 1979
Susannah grew up in the home her grandparents built; playing “store”, gardening and cooking with her Mom and Dad and sister. Her first ‘retail’ foray was at 10--selling her homemade soap and herb mixes to a local country store.
Following her graduation from both the Newhouse School and School of Visual Arts at Syracuse University, Susannah’s diverse talents found an outlet at Bon Bons. She ran the shop with her Mom, Mary Alice, for over 35 years. Susannah is now President and owner. She continues to use her background in advertising, photography and food styling to help create Bon Bons’ unique displays and packaging. Susannah also does all the buying for the store and is proud of its unique mix of merchandise. Her foodie background helps in creating new and delicious chocolate creations such as “Crispy Crunchy” a layered peanut butter, chopped peanut and crisp rice delight! She resides in Huntington Village with her two adult children.
Susannah has sat on the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Historical Society and is a member of the Village Green Preservation Group, as well as an active member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and the Huntington BID board. As a member of the Retail Confectioners International, she enjoys traveling all over the country, exploring new towns and candy stores! Spare moments are filled with gardening, training at a movement gym, cooking, making art and supporting the arts, and enjoying her home and family.
Eric joined the Bon Bons team in 1992, straight from the chocolate mecca of Paris, France. His pedigree as a chocolatier at the famous La Maison du Chocolat, as well as his stint as pastry chef of L'Esperance and apprenticeships at other French gourmet establishments, prepared him well for his tasty task as head candy maker at Bon Bons. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Star Culinary Academy of Long Island. In March 2014, Eric was honored by the Academie Culinaire de France. He is now a member of this prestigious organization, which promotes French cuisine, technique and high standards of production. He enjoys reading, watching movies, kayaking and picnics in Central Park with his wife and dog.
Mary Alice Meinersman, Founder
Mary Alice began her sweet career as the store’s chocolate dipper and her enthusiasm soon led her to purchase the company with her husband, Peter. Together with their daughter, Susannah, they upgraded ingredients, recipes, equipment and their candy making to bring it up to the level it is today.
After Peter’s passing in 1993, Mary Alice and Susannah, moved the business from NY Avenue to its’ current location on Main Street. They designed and renovated the space, adding a glass enclosed kitchen, in-store dipping stations and a large retail area.
A Huntington resident since childhood, Mary Alice was a member of Huntington’s Business Improvement District (BID) and the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Board of Directors of the esteemed Retail Confectioners International and also president of the Huntington Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Mary Alice was a lifelong Huntington resident. She grew up in Melville and moved to Huntington Station when she married her sweetheart, Henry “Pete” Meinersman, an industrial arts teacher in the Half Hollow Hills School district. They raised their two daughters in the home that Pete’s parents had built. Mary Alice loved gardens and flowers, reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.
She passed away peacefully at home in 2023, at the age of 78. She worked up until one month before her passing.