Thursday, March 28, 2013
Strongsville candy store sells out of these as soon as they're made
If you had to guess, what would you say is the best-selling Easter item at Olympia Sweet Treats & Grill? Chocolate bunny? Marshmallow eggs? Jelly beans? Nope. It's the Honey Popcorn Rabbit -- a giant bunny made of colored popcorn. Employees say they taste like a popcorn ball, but they're dressed up for Easter in shades of yellow, blue, pink and purple. (The honey bunnies are pictured above, but not in the top spot because we didn't want to give the answer away!)
Friday, February 15, 2013
A small dispute over signage could slow down the store opening.
Munchkins' Kloset is reportedly ready to open a location in Strongsville Towne Centre; there's just one relatively small problem holding up the deal -- signage. According to Strongsville's assistant law director Dan Kolick, storeowners approached the city's Board of Building Code and Zoning Appeals on Feb. 13 and requested two storefront signs. The Board denied the request and said city ordinances only allow for one storefront sign per business. Kolick said the ownership has a few different options moving forward, and that the issue will be revisited during the next zoning appeals meeting on Feb. 27. When and if the issue is resolved, the baby thrift store would take up three units, or about 9,000 square feet of space, between Big Lots and…
Monday, December 24, 2012
Businesses open early, close late for last-minute gifters
'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the mall, LOTS of creatures were stirring -- procrastinators all. Stores will be buzzing today as shoppers run in for last-minute gifts and items they forgot to buy for their holiday parties. Here's a rundown of store hours: SouthPark Mall -- Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The mall is closed on Christmas Day, other than Cinemark Strongsville. Kohl's -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Target -- 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walmart -- The 24-hour store closes at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and reopens 6 a.m. Dec. 26. Costco -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Best Buy -- 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bed Bath & Beyond -- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Giant Eagle -- 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heinen's -- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aldi -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, December 14, 2012
One of Strongsville's biggest employers will change hands
PPG Industries is buying Strongsville-based AkzoNobel for $1.05 billion, Crain's Cleveland Business is reporting. AkzoNobel bought the Strongsville-based business four years ago. It manufactures architectural coatings, including Glidden paint. Locally, AkzoNobel is active in the Strongsville community, providing paint and volunteers for projects like refurbishing the Castletown playground and Safety Town. The company is the fifth-largest employer in Strongsville, with an estimated 440 workers at its corporate headquarters on West Sprague Road.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Cute Little Cake Shop recreates Higbee's holiday scenes
Monday, November 26, 2012
New sandwich shop is first of its kind in the area
So how does Strongsville like its first Firehouse Subs? Very well, it seems. "It's been great," said franchise owner Matthew Mikola. "People are happy we're here." How happy? "We've had some people come in every single day since we opened and try a different sub each day," Mikola said. The area's first Firehouse Subs opened Nov. 9 at 17250 Royalton Rd., in the former Borders plaza. Mikola said fans who have had the subs in other states "found us right away," and the staff is now introducing Strongsville-area residents to the sandwiches. The restaurant is known for steaming its premium meats and cheeses, piling them on toasted sub rolls and serving them “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce. The authentic firehouse setting is based on the…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Permanent signs installed at main entrances
New signs went up at SouthPark Mall Tuesday -- just in time for the holiday shopping season. For details on the new signs, check the mall's Facebook page. In April, the mall was sold by Westfield to Starwood Capital Group in April, meaning the name would have to be changed. The mall started out as SouthPark Center, then became Westfield Shoppingtown SouthPark. Starwood simply went with SouthPark Mall.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Old Carolina Barbecue finishing up renovations at Pearl Road site
Old Carolina Barbecue is planning to open for busness the last week of November, company officials said. Ray Hull, general manager of the Strongsville store, said he believes renovation of the space -- part of the former Bally's building at 14783 Pearl Road -- will be done before Dec. 1. "We want to get the holiday traffic," Hull said. "We'll be open in time to sell gift cards for the holidays." It will be the seventh Old Carolina location and the second in Cuyahoga County, following the opening of a store in Legacy Village in May. The store is now accepting applications online at jobsbbq.com. Old Carolina has "barbecue inspired by the Carolinas," its website says. It offers dine-in and take-out, with a menu that includes ribs, chicken, …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday rule the shopping roost after Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 17, 2012
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year — starting on Thanksgiving Day. Last week, Walmart announced that it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Local businesses are asked to donate items that will be delivered to New York
The city of Strongsville and local businesses have launched a disaster relief effort to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Starting Thursday, Nov. 8, a sem-trailer donated by Shoreline Transportation will be stationed at the Strongsville Service Center, 16099 Foltz Parkway. Local companies that wish to donate supplies to the hurricane victims can place them in the semi-trailer between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. over the next few weeks. Shoreline will then deliver the items to people in Staten Island, New York. Recommended supplies for the victims include: Companies planning to donate supplies should contact Ben Stankewicz, Mayor Tom Perciak's assistant, at 440-580-3153 to make sure the trailer is unlocked when they arrive.