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Since opening in 1972, the Chocolate Factory in Cedarburg has been serving homemade ice cream, award-winning subs and a variety of other delicious foods on their menus.

Generations of families in the community have taken a seat at the benches of this beloved ice cream parlor, which has now expanded to seven other locations throughout the Milwaukee suburbs.

This month, in celebration of its 45th anniversary, the Chocolate Factory will be partnering with their original benches through an auction on eBay for charity. The auction began on Feb. 9 and will continue until the Feb. 19. Eight benches (six back-to-back and two singles) will be available in the online auction. The Cedarburg location will then undergo a four-day renovation before re-opening on Saturday, Feb. 25. Proceeds from the auction will go to Family Sharing, a food pantry and resale shop in Grafton that provides food, clothing and other necessities to the community.

Co-founder Mike Toffler, who opened the Chocolate Factory with his business partner Peter Blommer, has come a long way from the small ice cream parlor whose business was designed on the back of a napkin and whose first menu was hand-printed.

"These benches are not just part of the Chocolate Factory history; I think they are part of Cedarburg history," said Toffler. "I'm pleased that the proceeds will be going towards Family Sharing, a truly great organization that serves families in need in Ozaukee County."

The auction will be available at the following link: tinyurl.com/own-a-piece-of-history.

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