Can you imagine more than 100 different flavors of chewing gum?
Business partners James Horak and Keith Saffles could. Their vision became reality last week when they opened the Yum Yum Gum Shop at 2595 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
Horak and Saffles met when both were Akron firefighters. Horak is still with the department, but Saffles left a few years ago to pursue his diabetic supply business as a full-time career. After selling that company, he was looking for a new opportunity.
One day the pair were talking and Saffles noted there are so many flavorings available, and wondered how the pair could find a way to showcase them in something new. They came up with the idea of gum, because it’s only offered in limited flavors, unlike a candy like jellybeans that already comes in a wide variety of flavors.
The pair taught themselves how to make gum and began manufacturing and selling it online in January at www. yumyumgum.com.
Yum Yum gum is sugar-free chewing gum, not bubble gum, and comes in more than 100 flavors, including popcorn, caramel, root beer and orange creme-sicle. There also are seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie and nutmeg, and limited edition flavors including pistachio and clove.
The gum comes in two sizes and sells for $1.95 or $2.50.
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Look for the bright blue and orange awnings. A grand-opening celebration is planned for July 12.
New Portage Lakes eatery
Nicoletti’s Park Place restaurant is expected to open July 1 at the former Hook, Line and Drinkers at 530 Portage Lakes Drive.
The Coventry Township restaurant is owned by Richard and Lisa Nicoletti, who previously were silent partners in the former Olde Harbor Inn next door.
The Harbor Inn closed in September and reopened this year as an On Tap Grille & Bar.
The four-level building reportedly will include a fine dining restaurant, a private club and an outdoor grill, with a more casual menu.
Do you make a good pie?
There’s still time to enter the third annual Apron Ties and Homemade Pies contest being sponsored on Saturday by the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
All pies must be made entirely from scratch, both crusts and fillings, and each entry must be accompanied by a complete recipe, including a list of locally sourced ingredients, if applicable.
You can enter as many as three pies, with an entry fee of $5 per pie, if you enter by noon Friday. The fee jumps to $7 per pie if you register the morning of the contest. Contest day registration is from 9 to 9:15 a.m., with the contest beginning at 9:30 a.m.
A panel of judges will rate the pies and prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at 11 a.m. Enter by noon Friday online at www.cvcountryside.org/PieContest RulesandReg.php.
Wine tasting at the Point
Wines of the Rhone Valley in southern France will be tasted from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the West Point Market, 1711 W. Market St., Akron.
There will be 20 selections to sample, including light appetizers. The event is $35 and registration is required. Phone 330-864-2151, ext. 129.
Tea shop coming to mall
Teavana, a specialty tea and tea wares retailer, is expected to open at Summit Mall later this summer. The store will sell more than 100 varieties of premium loose-leaf teas and artisan tea accessories.
This will be the national chain’s 12th location in Ohio. Others include Belden Village Mall in Jackson Township, Beachwood Place in Beachwood, and South Park Mall in Strongsville.
Honey, where are you?
I’ve been getting lots of requests for a list of places that sell local honey.
You often can find it at farmers markets, but for a listing of area farms that sell it, visit www.localharvest.org and search for honey by your ZIP code.