campbell’s popcorn and sweets opens in ohio city’s ever-expanding foodie district

Campbell’s Popcorn and Sweets has opened a new factory store in Ohio City’s Market District, at which customers can watch the production of its signature products as well as sample tasty, unusual flavors such as garlic parmesan, dill pickle and barbeque.

Owner Jeff Campbell says he decided to expand in Ohio City because of the loyal customers he’s generated at his West Side Market stand, which has seen 25 percent annual growth since he opened it in 2004.

“Ohio City is already Cleveland’s foodie area,” says Campbell. “I believe it will become nationally known as a foodie neighborhood.”

Before the store opened at the beginning of August, Campbell and his crew made all of their popcorn and sweets in two tiny stands at the West Side Market. “We probably should have been here a year ago,” he says with a laugh.

The new store is airy and spacious by comparison. It is playfully decorated with bright orange walls and a creamy brown ceiling that stir up cravings for cheese popcorn and chocolate-covered pretzels as soon as one walks in the door. Large storefront windows allow passersby to watch popcorn pop and other treats being made before being lured inside for a taste. Next month, a large sign with Campbell’s new logo will be installed on the exterior of the building.

Campbell says he’s encouraged by the new businesses that are opening on West 25th Street. “We’re planning on adding sidewalk dining, and the owners are close to signing a deal with a hostel that would occupy the floors above us,” he says. “Ohio City’s growth will come down West 25th Street.”

This is in addition to the recent news that Mitchell’s Ice Cream will take over the former Moda space down the street.

Campbell’s Popcorn and Sweets is located on West 25th St. south of Lorain, near Chatham Ave.

Fresh Water Cleveland, 9/1/11

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