My friend’s sister was sad about Fort Wayne’s Johnny Appleseed Festival being canceled this year due to COVID-19 like the rest of us. However, she was bummed that she wouldn’t be able to buy the maple creams from Sweet Tooth Chocolates and Fountain Rental of Kendallville, which normally is a vendor at the festival. Since my friend had to do some work in the northern counties, she decided to make a detour.

I’m glad she did and that I got to tag along and see this amazing little candy store at 2089 W. North St.

Karen Parks, who owns the business with her husband, Bruce, started out selling maple creams at a booth at Kendallville’s Apple Festival and Johnny Appleseed. From there, they got requests for Christmas candy, so a shop was the next step.

The store doesn’t reopen until Nov. 6, but they were accommodating to my friend and me. My eyes and nostrils took it all in. White chocolate. Milk chocolate. Orange and cherry flavors added. Pecans, graham crackers, you name it. Oh, yeah, and those maple creams. I picked out a variety of milk chocolate-covered goodies.

The store closes during the summer months so it’s getting ready to reopen 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in November for your Christmas candy orders. For more, call 260-349-1568 or see

Don’t believe it

Don’t be fooled by Hall’s Triangle Park’s listing on Google as “permanently closed.”

The restaurant has been closed for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it’s temporary, they assured us. We’re hoping.

Change in hours

Bragg Alot Sweets and Drinks, 1415 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, has changed its hours to 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-10 p.m. Saturday.

Giordano’s opens

Giordano’s Pizza opened Oct. 27 at 10180 Diebold Road, Fort Wayne, and has listed its hours as 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday.

Video amnesty

Family Video stores are offering a promotion that will remove all late fees from customers. If a former customer has a late fee balance on his or her account, it will be removed with the purchase of any rental movie or video game, regardless of the amount of the fee. This one-time promotion also covers accounts with delinquent items that were never returned. If you still have the rented property, Family Video asks that you bring it without a penalty.

This “Late Fee Amnesty” promotion began Oct. 20 and ends Oct. 25 at all 300-plus Family Video locations across the Midwest.

“As the last standing brick and mortar retail store, 2020 has been a challenging year for our stores,” the company said. “The pandemic has affected our business operations and forced us to close 200 stores across the country.”

Regional Vice President, Brent Conley said, “We don’t want a late fee to prevent our loyal customers from returning to our stores. We need your continued support to #SaveTheVideo Store during these tough times.”

Lisa Esquivel Long is a veteran Fort Wayne journalist and Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly editor. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3311.

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