Our most prized award is The New Family Business Award presented by Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University.
Jack and Iva Elmer began JaCiva's Bakery and Chocolatier together on December 6, 1986. They wanted to give Portland the finest quality pastry and chocolate shop in the city! The Name JaCiva's was formed by putting their names together-"Jack and Iva." Before JaCiva's (pronounced Ja-Ki-va's) they owned Heidi's Swiss Pastries in Boring, Oregon from 1972 to 1984.

Jack is a full blood Swiss, but born in the United States. He has a long history of baking... Starting when he was a small child and including his apprenticeship in Portland, Oregon. He also attended several baking schools and worked in many shops, including The Old Bohemian Bakery.

Awards and credentials include:
  • Konditor (High End Pastry Chef) - trained in Luzern, Switzerland (Richemont School)
  • Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC) - given by the American Culinary Association
  • Charter Master Baker (CMB) - given by the Retail Bakers of America
  • Certified Master Chocolatier (CMC) - given by Retail Confectioners Internationals
Iva has a long history of unbelievable creativity and ideas! She is responsible for products, birthday and wedding cakes.

Chef Elmer and his wife are family oriented and think of their employees as their extended family. They have eight children and thirteen grandchildren.

Store Hours:
Sunday: CLOSED
M-Sat: 7:30AM - 6:00PM
"JaCiva's has been top quality for over 22 years! Everything is made by scratch and with loving care. Our clients LOVED the Bravo! Logo chocolates at our annual Tradeshow."
Mary Lou Burton, Bravo! Publications

"Jack and Iva are SUCH lovely people to work with! When I came to photograph their chocolates they treated me like life long friend. Their service and product is simply the best!"

Jos Smith, The Photographers

JaCiva's Chocolates - "A Quality Business with a Family Atmosphere!"
4733 SE Hawthorne Ave, Portland, OR 97215 | (503) 234- 8115 | (866) JACIVAS | Contact Us