Thursday, April 11, 2013

Looking for Truffle? Confections With Convictions

by Zinta Aistars
Published in Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Media
April 11, 2013

Dale Anderson at Confections with Convictions (Photo by Erik Holladay,

Dale Anderson wanted to help youth and adults with convictions by teaching them building trades skills. He ended up teaching them how to make truffles. Zinta Aistars has the story on how he made that leap at Confections with Convictions. (Photos by Erik Holladay)

Two women in uniform enter the store on 116 West Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, Michigan, badges glinting on their lapels, and they ask for an employee of Confections with Convictions by name. Dale Anderson, store owner, comes to attention, brushing his hands quickly on his white apron and motions to the young man behind the glass wall of the kitchen where chocolate is made.

"He's not in trouble!" says one of the detectives reassuringly. "We just need to talk to him a moment."

And still, as the young employee emerges from the kitchen to speak to the two detectives, his expression is wary. It's not the first time he has faced police officers. He, like all four of the employees at Confections with Convictions, has felonies on his record. But the detectives just have a few questions about someone he may know, and in a moment he is ...

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