Voted the Best Candy Store in Los Angeles four years in a row by Los Angeles Downtown News.
Raquel's Candy N' Confections was founded by Roberto and Raquel Luna in 1982, who were among the first pioneers of the Hispanic Product Industry in the United States. Our parents imported products like Jarritos and Lucas when no one knew what they were. My father would fill up his van in Mexico and drive it around California while my mother and he sold the products. Then once he finished that load he would return to Mexico and load up again. We’ve sure come a long way since those days! With the help of their children, straight out of high school they began to help. The oldest Meybol was the company controller. Olivia handled National Chain Sales, Anita managed the store front in Downtown Los Angeles and their younger brothers Robert, Benjamin and Christopher will help at the store during their summers. Over the years the van became a truck, then became a fleet of Semi's distributing throughout the United States. Roberto and Raquel retired in the year 2000.
Growing up in a family business I went on to earn my Bachelors in Business Administration. I then launched a successful career in banking and insurance where I learned the intricacies of the business world with jobs at Farmers Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.
Along with my wife Jacqueline Luna, we would go on to use these principles to turn Raquel's Candy N' Confections into the thriving enterprise it is today. Now offering direct to consumer we created MexicanCandy.com
I am exceptionally grateful for the opportunities I have had as a young man, and now I am determined to be an inspiration for young people including my two sons and daughter. I am dedicated in providing young entrepreneurs with the education and resources they need to bring their visions to life. I am more passionate about my work as ever and am looking forward to serving my community for years to come.