Ben and Katy Davis, new owners of The Marion Chocolate Shop, will host their first retail event on Saturday, June 26 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at 1244 7th Avenue in Marion. A ribbon cutting will be held prior at 10:30 am.
Since purchasing the business, the Davis’ have spent the last two weeks learning from previous owners Gae and Deane Richardson.
“Gae and Deane have taken time to share their 17 years of knowledge with us,” said Ben Davis. “Our goal is to build on their success and continue to grow and develop new sweet treats.”
Owning The Marion Chocolate Shop is a career shift for the couple. Ben has been a full-time officer in the Iowa National Guard for the past 9 years and Katy is an Occupational Therapist. This shift is allowing them to feel more connected with the Marion community and fill an artistic need for Ben.
“My experience as a military officer has taught me about systems and processes,” added Davis. “Being able to apply that to our business will allow it to grow as I learn the chocolatier side of the house.”
The public is welcome to stop by to meet Ben and Katy at the retail event on Saturday. The couple plans to resume regular daily hours at the Marion Chocolate Shop in July. In the meantime, chocolate lovers can follow their progress on the business Facebook Page facebook.com/themarionchocolateshop or website themarionchocolateshop.com/.