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Kay Wiggins’ former fudge now at Merle Norman Cosmetics (+video)

Kay Wiggins' Former Fudge Now At Merle Norman Cosmetics

Merle Norman Cosmetics owner Marlene Glover explains how she bought Kay Wiggins' fudge-Making equipment and hired her former employee, Joni Ens to make it. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle
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Merle Norman Cosmetics owner Marlene Glover explains how she bought Kay Wiggins' fudge-Making equipment and hired her former employee, Joni Ens to make it. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle

Along with missing Kay Wiggins and her Kay Wiggins Jewelry and Gifts, which closed a few months ago after 16 years in business, former customers have especially been wondering about the fudge she used to sell.

“Is there anywhere to still buy it?” they’ve been asking.

Turns out there is.

“I’m still trying to get the word out,” says Marlene Glover, who has two Merle Norman Cosmetics stores.

Glover says she got a letter last fall saying Wiggins was retiring.

“So of course my wheels started turning.”

Glover bought Wiggins’ fudge-making equipment and even hired Joni Ens, who used to work for Wiggins making fudge.

“That was a no-brainer,” Glover says.

Though she purchased the equipment in November, it has taken some time for Glover to get licensed and build a kitchen in her west-side store at 6112 W. Central, which is just west of Interstate 235.

“We were very creative,” Glover says of finding room for a kitchen in her 950-square-foot cosmetics shop.

Now customers can watch the fudge as it’s made.

“We ask them to have a taste,” Glover says.

Merle Norman Cosmetics owner Marlene Glover explains how she bought Kay Wiggins' fudge-Making equipment and hired her former employee, Joni Ens to make it. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle

She’s had the fudge only a few weeks but says she’s starting to attract some of Wiggins’ former customers as they learn she’s making it, and she’s finding that some of her cosmetics customers want it, too.

Glover has sold Merle Norman products for 30 years.

“I should be retiring is what I should be doing.”

So far, she’s selling the fudge at her west-side store only. There’s a possibility she could sell it at her store at 1855 S. Rock Road one day as well.

“I thought I’ve got to get organized in one store before I consider having it in another location.”

Glover is naming that part of her business Sweet Sisters Fudge after her daughters, Amy, 38, and Lisa, 47.

“I’ve always liked fudge,” Glover says.

Now that she’s around it every day, she says the appeal is kind of wearing off.

Ens says it’s not having the same effect on her.

“That’s her version.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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