Business/Entrepreneur of the Month » March 2014
Please join us in recognizing Marie’s Candies for March’s Business/Entrepreneur of the Month.
Marie’s is a family owned company founded 58 years ago that sells premium chocolates.
Winfred King was a young hardworking Ohio farmer and was struck with polio in 1941. After being confined to a wheelchair friends and family started helping out as much as they could. To show their gratitude and appreciation, Winfred and his wife Marie, gave gifts of homemade candies to those who reached out.
Marie’s went from a loving gesture in a country kitchen to opening their doors as a successful company in 1956. After the death of his father, Jay King the second son of Winfred and Marie, and his wife Kathy, took ownership in 1977. Jay and Kathy have been joined by two of their three children, Shannon and Rebecca, extending the family owned business into the third generation. Along with the 35 staff members, the high quality ingredients and caring attention to customers interest keep the business thriving today.
Walking into Marie’s Candies you will be welcomed with free samples, which has been a successful marketing strategy for many years. Maries Chocolates have a shelf life of three months, so don't be afraid to shop early for your special occasion. Maries has been a long standing member of the chamber because it helps them stay plugged into community events, and they believe it to be a great value.
When Winfred and Marie opened their business to the public they left the future in God’s Hands. Their success is evident and we celebrate them as business of the month.