Spartanburg Visitor's Guide

January 01, 2012

Personal Perspectives: Nick Belmont on Making Family Traditions a Business

For years, Spartanburg native Dot Smith perfected and made her signature almond-chocolate toffee for friends, family, and holiday get-togethers. Her love for sharing this treat was quickly absorbed by her daughter, Cindy Holland, and grandson, Nick Belmont -- so much so that the two teamed up to found Dottie's Toffee in 2006.
"People know it's a piece of her," Belmont says. "It was something she enjoyed and cared about sharing, so I'm carrying on her legacy."
The family's toffee quickly became a community favorite, and Belmont acted fast to take it nationwide. "Spartanburg is great for entrepreneurs. I really felt backed by the community; there are a lot of great people in Spartanburg, and I owe them a lot of thanks for supporting my small business. Starting here really led to outward growth and success."
Now in its sixth commercial year, this Spartanburg family-recipe toffee claims shelf space in Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca, and over 100 stores across the country.