WAPAKONETA — Justin and Dena Wireman have opened Krave Creamery at 102 E. Auglaize St., Wapakoneta.
On Wednesday, the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to officially welcome them to the downtown.
“We wanted to really boost downtown Wapak,” Dena said. “This building had sat empty for a while and we just wanted to bring something unique to downtown.”
It took them around 10 months to refurbish the inside of the building which last hosted the antique store Gild the Lily.
“My family and I — we did all the demolition work and then we had M & W Construction do the rebuild but then we chipped in and did some of the finish work too — did all of the painting, finished the bar countertops, things like that,” said Justin, who is also a Lima police officer. “We definitely got in there, got our hands dirty.”
As they were doing the demolition, they found some artifacts from what used to be there, a funeral parlor, a chicken hatchery and a furniture store before the antique store set up shop there.
“We got to find some unique things within the walls and good treasures as well too. We tried to incorporate them within the new rebuild as well,” Dena said.
Many seasonal ice cream shops in Wapakoneta shut down when the weather gets cold.
Dena Wireman sees that as an opportunity for them.
“With ice cream not being available as readily in the winter, we thought we could add that and with the walk-in experience — everything is homemade, the ice cream to the waffle cones — we just wanted to bring something unique to downtown,” Dena said.
Krave Creamery will offer 18 different ice cream flavors.
“The steady (flavors) are vanilla, chocolate and strawberry but we have a ton of rotating (flavors). We’ll do some holiday (flavors). Right now we have pumpkin pie but we also have mint chip, butter pecan, raspberry chip etc,” Dena said.
The Wiremans also have plans to expand.
“Next spring we’ll be adding a large deck that can be accessed from the new riverwalk that was put in downtown so it’ll be accessible from that and we’ll have several picnic tables up there so you can enjoy your ice cream outside and have just a nice relaxing view,” Justin said.
Krave Creamery is open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.