Jigsaw Junction was established in November of 2019 in the Boston Hill Center of Downtown Marion by former owners, Ashley and DL Hurd. The Hurds withstood many adversities as the global pandemic, COVID-19, hit the local community. They proceeded to provide excellent services by selling and shipping puzzles all over Grant County and throughout the United States. The resiliency of the little shop is something to celebrate and reflects the same resilience many small business owners bring to the community in Downtown Marion.
After facing the many challenges present in 2020, the couple expanded their business into the historic Ridley Tower building in Downtown Marion and established Ashley’s Ice Cream Café in May, 2021. In the current location of Ridley Tower, escape rooms are now offered and have been a hit with solid bookings from the start.
In January, 2022, both businesses were sold to a downtown business neighbor, Dawn Conwell, owner of True Envy Boutique. Ashley Hurd emphasized to Dawn Conwell while selling the business that she believed Conwell could take things to the next level. Since the sell, Conwell has been eager to do just that and keep making a difference in downtown by releasing her Marion History inspired menu for the community to taste and explore. She hopes it will inspire continued pride in the community and plans to reveal the full menu in spring of 2022. Conwell is now offering birthday party bookings combining the two businesses into a great experience-based business for the community. Conwell emphasizes that the historic building with puzzles, games, ice cream and coffee is a unique draw, placing Marion on the map! Conwell has no intentions of changing the name of Ashley’s Ice Cream Café, and hopes that it will always point back to the Hurds to honor their investment and heart for entrepreneurship in Downtown Marion.
Be sure to follow social media accounts for both businesses to keep up with the details of all the new things on the horizon. Conwell assured us that the flavor of the month, “Heaps of Love” is well worth stopping in to taste and also shared that coffee pull-up services and an app will soon follow the Spring menu release. We hope to see you in the historic Ridley Tower of Downtown Marion soon at the family friendly experience of Jigsaw Junction and Ashley’s Ice Cream Café.
Ashley’s Ice Cream Café & Jigsaw Junction
402 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953
Hours: Tue. – Thu. 6am-8pm | Fri. 6am-9pm | Sat. 1 – 9pm
Submitted by Kayla Johnson, Main Street Marion