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Gifts Fulfilled debuts coffee basket for holiday shoppers

By Kara Hallissey | Dec 07, 2017
Showing off their new global-themed coffee basket, from left, are Kramelot Candles owner Curtis Krams, Gifts Fulfilled owner Kim Shanahan and Coffey Town Roasters owner Kyle Coffey, gather for a photo at the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark.

(Dec. 8, 2017) Local business Gifts Fulfilled has teamed up with Coffey Town Roasters and Kramelot Candles to offer a global-themed coffee basket for holiday shoppers this season.

Clients at the Worcester County Developmental Center assembled the gift baskets within the last couple of weeks to ensure orders are ready for Christmas.

“It is a global-themed basket with four different coffees paired with dark chocolate coffee beans, expresso candy, chocolate biscotti sticks and a coffee candle– it’s like heaven up your nose,” Gifts Fulfilled owner Kim Shanahan said. “It is really cool three local businesses could come together and produce this for the holidays over at the Worcester County Developmental Center.”

Coffey Town Roasters, out of Salisbury, is a micro-batch, artisan company with ethically-sourced single origin beans owned by Kyle Coffey. Four different coffee samples from Indonesia, Columbia, Ethiopia and Mexico are featured in the gift basket.

Kramelot Candles, also in Salisbury, produces all-natural, hand-poured soy candles with no color dyes that are nontoxic, environmentally friendly and support United States soybean farmers.

The company is owned by Curtis Krams and gift baskets come with a coffee candle, which was created with beans from Coffey Town Roasters.

“The candle is a big hit with coffee drinkers,” Shanahan said. “Kyle knows Curtis because they worked together on creating the coffee candle. I met Kyle through a business networking group and we started talking about putting together a global coffee basket.”

The global coffee basket also has dark chocolate-covered coffee beans, Bali’s Best espresso candy, and java bean flavored chocolate-covered biscotti sticks.

Currently, Amazon Prime is selling the gift basket for $67.50 until Dec. 15, which is normally priced at $75.

“It is perfect for the holidays, but it can go all year long and works for all occasions,” Shanahan said. “It smells so good when you open the basket and we are very excited about it.”

To order the coffee gift basket, visit www.amazon.com/dp/B077T3X2BF.

In addition, Gifts Fulfilled also has baby, birthday, get well and special occasion-themed items including student care packages, Mother’s Day and a number of Christmas-themed baskets which are sold on Amazon and the Gifts Fulfilled website.

In March, the local business was named an American Small Business Champion by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts.

Gifts Fulfilled was one of 102 entrepreneurs who received a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event last April in Texas, in addition to SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year.

“The best part was getting the recognition,” Shanahan said. “It validates what we are doing, that we are on the right track and it was an honor to be one of two businesses recognized in Maryland. My mentor [Len Kidwell of Bethany Beach] put things into perspective, which was vital and helpful to me.”

In January, Gifts Fulfilled is slated to move out of the Worcester County Development Center in Newark to another location in Berlin on Racetrack Road.

“Some of the clients cried when we told them because they were so happy,” Shanahan said. “You couldn’t find people who are more excited to come to work every day. It gives them so much pride.”

The Worcester County Developmental Center provides employment opportunities, day habilitation training, residential services and community-based support for adults with intellectual disabilities in Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico counties.

Gifts Fulfilled plans to hire five clients from the center to help with assembly, shipping and receiving.

To order a gift basket from Gifts Fulfilled, visit www.giftsfulfilled.com or Amazon.com.

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