Fudge and bubble tea add flavor to local gourmet popcorn shop: Olmsted Dates and Data

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — The move was tiny, but the change was huge.

Grand Pacific Popcorn & Sweets moved from its west side store on Columbia Road to Grand Pacific Junction directly across the road to the east side. It’s a much bigger location – four times the size – that complements its new products, which include candy, fudge and bubble/boba tea.

“He’s been busy,” said Steve Marshall, owner of the store with his wife Liz. “The move made a huge difference. We have more parking, more space to offer more items and we are more visible here.

You will discover it yourself during the Grand Re-Opening of the store from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, March 26.

A few of the candy varieties at Grand Pacific Popcorn & Sweets in Olmsted Falls include milk chocolate cherries cordials, gourmet milk chocolate pretzels, and almond buttercreams. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

Liz, Steve and their employees prepare popcorn, fudge and boba tea right in the shop. Its production room is an annex building to the main workshop. They often hold field trips there where Cubs, Boy Scouts and Pathfinders and preschoolers watch — and taste — the popcorn popping and coating.

Some fudge flavor favorites – let’s say three times – include Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Strawberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Maple, and Vanilla/Chocolate Swirl. They also have various gourmet candies, such as the milk chocolate cordial cherry, the cinnamon milk chocolate brioche cup, the gourmet pretzels and the truffles.

“The fudge people came here for three days and taught us,” Steve said. “We continue to make variations. We also have free fudge samples.

Besides gourmet popcorn, their favorite novelty is bubble tea. Liz and an employee went to Boba Academy in New Jersey to learn the finer traits of bubble tea. She said it was one-to-one training where they made a lot of Thai drinks. . . and drank most of them, too.

The drink is black or green tea with a milk or fruit flavor, then tapioca, jelly or bubbles that burst in your mouth. The milk is dairy-free. Liz said the drink appeals to a younger customer base, which in turn will help expand the store’s customer base. The shop also offers freshly made fruit juices for children.

bubble tea sign

The Grand Pacific Popcorn & Sweets store in Olmsted Falls offers many varieties of green/black bubble tea, milk tea and fruit tea. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

“There is no place for young people to congregate here. They can do it here while enjoying our boba tea and their friends,” Liz said.

Be sure to stop by Saturday and celebrate its grand reopening from noon to 3 p.m. You’ll taste samples of popcorn, fudge, and boba tea. Bring the kids for the balloon artist, face painting and shop draw. The Olmsted Falls Bulldog mascot will also be present.

Current shop hours are 11am-6pm Monday-Wednesday; From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Birthday: Join the fun – and the sales – this Sunday, March 27 at the Second Thyme Around store in Grand Pacific Junction. The shop celebrates its ninth anniversary with food, drink, raffles, discounts and fun.

Connie Stephens and all her sellers are offering 10% off everything in the store. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store is located at 8153 Orchard St., perpendicular to the main Grand Pacific Junction campus.

While you’re here, you might want to donate to Easter baskets for the Noelle Project, a non-profit that helps younger kids affected by the opioid epidemic. Young people will receive Easter baskets. Suggested items to donate include wrapped candy, sidewalk chalk, hair ties, jump rope, nail polish, small stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, bubble wrap, matchboxes, Pokémon cards, modeling clay, slime and books. There is a box at the store to drop off your donations.

Sellers Wanted: Grace Church on Columbia Road is hosting its first Mother’s Day Market on April 29-30. She is looking for vendors/artisans who would like to be part of the event.

To become a seller, go to https://forms.gle/kXwgUdaZPcNTsTxh7. If you have any questions, email [email protected]

The show is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 29 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 30.

Deadline for depositing eggs: Time is running out to place your Easter Egg Drop order.

This Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom fundraiser will bring fun to your youngsters without any hassle on your part. High school students and Post Prom members will fill 50 or 100 plastic eggs with candy and hide them in your yard before the end of April 16, the day before Easter. The cost is $25 for 50 eggs filled with individually wrapped candy and $50 for 100. The fundraiser also includes a note from the Easter Bunny.

To place your order on the cheddarup online, go to https://bit.ly/3CYo9ix. The order deadline is April 8.

Career fair: The Olmsted Work$ Community Career Fair will be held April 12 at the Olmsted Falls High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Many employers in the region are expected.

The fair is open from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to schoolchildren for the first 45 minutes. Adults and other high school students from the Olmsted area and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to chat with employers from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jobs include internships, full-time and part-time jobs, and seasonal opportunities. Jobs range from teenagers to retirees in the wild.

Golf outing: St. Mary of the Falls School’s annual golf outing is June 4th. The best 4-ball race takes place at Briarwood Golf Club in Broadview Heights.

There are several referral opportunities: Hole, $100; Pavilion, $500; Drink, $300 and lunch, $250. If you have any questions, call 440-235-4580 or email [email protected]

Coffee talk: This week, Coffee with the Township of Olmsted Chief returns with new Olmsted Township Police Chief, Mark Adams. Coffee is at 9 a.m. on March 25 at the Olmsted Township Fire Station. Why not drop by, congratulate him and ask any questions or concerns you may have.

Congratulations to Kampus: Regina Edgington of Olmsted Falls has been named to the President’s List of Saint Francis University.

Students must achieve a 4.0 GPA with 12 or more credits during the semester. Congratulations, Regina, who is a chemistry student

Scholarships: The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is offering scholarships to high school students in the county to attend Canopy Camp June 12-17. He is at Camp Muskingum in Carroll County.

The camp exposes students to the great outdoors and possible careers in forestry, conservation and natural resource protection.

Incoming freshmen through graduating seniors, up to age 19, may apply. Applications are due April 8. The scholarships cover camp fees, cover camp, meals and programs – a value of $375. For more details and an application, go to cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/camp-canopy.

School game: Make sure you have your tickets for “Hello, Dolly! which the Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present on April 8 and 9.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the high school auditorium. Go to ofmasquers.ludus.com for tickets, which will also be available at the door.

Trees: Environmental science classes at Olmsted Falls High School offset the school’s paper consumption by planting trees. The objective is to plant 180 saplings to compensate

You have the option of helping them plant them or buying and planting them yourself. Red maple, northeastern red oak, and eastern redbud saplings are $5 each. People living in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township can have their tree planted by a volunteer. Those living outside should collect your sample from school on May 7. The deadline to order is April 7. tpevents.org/school/2220 http://tpevents.org/school/2220. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links to many news articles.

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