The local confectionery celebrates its first anniversary | 963XKE | Classic Fort Wayne Rock

The Kilwins team in front of the store

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A year ago, Kilwins owners Paul and Renee Marinko took the plunge and opened the chain’s first store in Indiana, offering old-fashioned confections such as candy, ice cream and fudge in Fort Wayne.

To celebrate, Marinko, who is a client of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, is planning Kilwins Birthday Celebration Days with fun activities Sept. 11-14. The festivities will include music on the terrace with local artists, free samples, customer appreciation cards and drawings.

The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center released the following:

Kilwins® of downtown Fort Wayne, located at 626 S. Harrison St. at the Bradley Hotel, celebrates its first anniversary in September. Owners Paul and Renee Marinko and the entire Kilwins team would like to thank Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities for your support during their first year of operation. “We have quite a few fun activities planned for Sunday through Wednesday September 11-14 for everyone to enjoy. All are welcome to come downtown and help us celebrate this special milestone,” Paul shares.

Fun activities planned for Kilwins Birthday Celebration Days focus on customer appreciation and include:

· FREE designs for caramel, caramel apples, ice cream, milkshakes and hot chocolate for a year (one FREE treat per month for a year!)

· Customer Appreciation Buy 9 get 1 free punch cards offered to all guests, for caramel apples, ice cream, fudge, milkshakes and hot chocolate.

· A FREE chewy caramel (regular or sea salt) with your order for each guest in your party, while supplies last.

· Kilwins kids stickers and Kilwins paper hats for kids of all ages.

· Music on the terrace with local artists, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

o Coalition Barber Shop Quartet, Sunday 5:30-7:30 p.m.

o Jacob Dupre, keyboardist and Jazz/RB singer, Tuesday 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

o Todd Phillips Jazz Trio, Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

And every time you visit Kilwins, enjoy free fudge and ice cream samples

With autumn just around the corner, Kilwins offers a variety of products to celebrate the new season, including ‘The Perfect’ caramel apples, store-made caramel corn and brittle, handmade fudge from Mackinac Island style, chocolate dipped treats, and dozens of other treats perfect for any event. Paul says, “It’s exciting to enter the fall season when it all started for us a year ago. It’s also humbling to be a part of all the downtown development happening around us with The Pearl, The Landing, The Riverfront at Promenade Park, and more!”

Some fun facts about Kilwins that you might not know: Kilwins Heritage Chocolate is unique, starting with our own roast and ground cocoa beans; it is only available in Kilwins stores, and it is made

with a very special flavor profile. Kilwins passion for chocolate is behind every taste of Kilwins Heritage Chocolate, following our 75 years of culture and heritage.

Kilwins Heritage Chocolate assortments are made by Kilwins using fair trade cocoa, kosher cocoa and our proprietary recipes. Kilwins Fort Wayne has an open kitchen where guests can view the freshly prepared produce. You’ll find a full assortment of Kilwins Heritage artisan chocolates, gourmet cakes and ice cream, 24 flavors of original recipe ice cream, freshly made waffle cones, hand-wrapped ice cream quarters and many other goodies.

Reflecting on their first year serving the Fort Wayne community, Paul shares, “Thanks to our loyal customers and friends who tried Kilwins for the first time, we’ve had the opportunity to support over 30 charities from the area and their efforts to make Fort Wayne a great place to live. Our Fort Wayne Kilwins team is passionate about providing a unique local experience for our customers, so that each visitor feels special and their experience is memorable. We feel blessed to have gone through our first year surrounded by our family and an amazing team, and we look forward to making people happy for years to come. Thank you Fort Wayne for such a warm welcome to the community.

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