Alyson received samples and her travel and transportation was provided to the event.
Valerie Kinney, the Auntie Anne’s Director of Communications, took us on the grand tour of the historic building (It is on the Historic Register – It used to be the Post Office!), shared the history of the company and introduced us to everyone. While we were there, we learned so much! Things like:
Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmer’s market stand in 1988 to provide free counseling services to families and couples in their community. After some experimentation and a few mishaps when trying to find a way to bring in income to the stand, Anne and Jonas created a pretzel that customers quickly dubbed “better than the best you’ve ever tasted.” This is the same pretzel perfection we all know and love today.
I was tickled to death when they taught us everything we needed to know about making pretzels from mixing them up to rolling them out.
We even had a special guest…Auntie Anne herself! Meeting her was an amazing gift. She is inspiring, uplifting and a gracious human being. I was blessed to have this opportunity.
Auntie Anne’s is the World’s largest hand-rolled soft chain with more than 1,330 stores in more than 25 countries and 46 states, all headquartered right … in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Auntie Anne’s are found in malls, travel plazas, universities and Wal-Marts as far as Malaysia, Kuwait, Trinidad and Venezuela, to name a few. In fact, in March 2013, Auntie Anne’s opened the first of 30 new stores in Vietnam.
I am so excited about all of this and look forward to an amazing year with Auntie Anne’s! Sending you pretzel love,
Alyson is a Stay-at-Home Mom blogger and a work-in-progress author. She is blessed to stay home to raise her three crazy, amazing girls and be married to her hero. She loves all things Disney, scrapbooking, reading, travel, cowboys and horses. You can read about her ups, down and craziness on Facebook or Pinterest.