Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What do pies and stoves have in common?

What do they have in common? They are two of 24 finalists on the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce finalist list. MarCon Pies of Washington and Mill Creek Antiques of Paxico.

Marilyn and Connie (that's where the MarCon came from) made pies for auctions and got so famous that they went into the full-time pie-making business. They were probably starting to see cherries and pecans and pie crusts in their sleep so they sold to the business to Don Walsh. He now watches over 500-600 pies being made a made a day (up to 1,500 during Christmas) by the local ladies at the pie factory, 121 W. 8th in Washington.

Over 60 varieties of fruit, crunch, nut, creme and cheesecakes are made to tempt you. Oh, go ahead and break that New Year's Resolution! Learn more at http://www.marconpies.com/.

MarCon pies is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours are available Monday-Thursday but reservations are requested (785.325.2439). Want to go drool? You can buy pie on Fridays!

Steve (Bud) Hund just took the path in front of him and the result was that he opened a store and Mill Creek Antiques soon anchored the comeback of Paxico -- as in coming back from ghost town status.

Located in Wabaunsee County at the #333 I-70 exit, the stove restoration business impressed the selection committee enough to put Mill Creek on the finalist list. The largest stove restoration business in the Midwest right there in Paxico, population 202!

To consider these two finalists and others go to http://www.8wonders.org/ to vote and to click on the picture of any finalists which will take you to an information and picture page. You'll learn lots of fascinating dinner conversation facts! That way you can help others "Get Kansas!"

KE #2 Marci Penner

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