There’s a new therapy place preparing to open next week, but it doesn't have shrinks, just lots of caffeine — and ice cream.
Sign me up for a session!
Pam Strong is launching Therapy Ice Cream & Coffee Bar at 1177 Canton Road in Springfield Township after years in the travel business, booking corporate trips.
Opening day is tentatively set for Monday.
“This is where my passion is,” she said earlier this week as her husband, Ralph, and other people readying the space buzzed around. “I love entertaining. I love serving, making people happy with things I make.”
And she loves coffee.
Strong, 57, figured she’d take the leap now because, she said, “I’m not getting any younger.”
She’s serious about this new journey, overseeing a significant transformation of the small previously long vacant building on Canton Road that is now clad in brick-red colored siding.
Inside is where the big changes are, including the new counter topped with shiny quartz that boasts a big shiny red Astoria espresso machine.
Baristas will use beans from Caruso’s Coffee Co. of Brecksville for a variety of coffee drinks.
One wall is lined with ice cream display freezers — all ready to be stocked with 36 flavors. Depending on what flavor customers order, they will get Country Parlor Ice Cream made in North Royalton or the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream made in Madison, Wisconsin.
Three flavors of vegan ice cream will be available – lemon, vanilla, and cookies and cream. More may be added later.
Therapy will be like a classic ice cream parlor with milkshakes, sundaes, cones and more.
Customers can order Therapy’s version of affogato (an Italian dessert) and have their ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso.
Strong will offer ice cream sandwiches, using made-from-scratch cookies, including peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies.
She’ll also bake “at my whim,” offering sweet items such as muffins. She’ll post on social media what the whim is each day.
Various flavors of soda — all made with cane sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) — will be available.
By sometime this fall — if all goes as planned — she’ll add a few breakfast items, including a breakfast bowl featuring red-skin potatoes, red pepper, scrambled eggs and cheese.
Out back is a deck with seating for about 15 customers.
Out front, Ralph Strong, who manages rental properties that the family owns, was busy this week working on the “puppy parking area.” It’ll feature a bench for dog owners who want to hang out with their pooches.
Inside, there’s room for about 15 more patrons, including a small counter seating area with USB ports. Upholstered seating is near a new gas fireplace.
Among a series of smallish commercial structures along Canton Road, not far from the Akron line, the Therapy building is easy to pass by. It's north of U.S. Route 224 and the Giant Eagle grocery, on the east side of Canton Road (state Route 91) — across from Lembo’s Italian restaurant.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Look for “Therapy Ice Cream and Coffee Bar” on Facebook.
A taste times two
We’ll have more on this next week, but to whet your appetite…
A reminder that the Taste of Akron has become so popular, the city has decided to spread the food love over two nights.
The food fest, featuring local restaurants and food trucks offering samples, will be offered July 25 and 26.
Restaurants will set up on July 25, and hours will be 6 to 10 p.m.
The following night, the food trucks will roll in, and hours will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. This second night is being called Taste of Akron Take Two.
The prices haven't changed. Patrons buy tickets for $2 each, and food samples cost one, two or three tickets. The event, in its 13th year, will again be at Hardesty Park in Akron's Wallhaven neighborhood.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase both nights.
On July 26 — the Taste of Akron Take Two night — 10 beer and wine samples will be offered for $20 under a tent from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Taste of Akron is the lead-in to the annual Akron Arts Expo weekend at Hardesty. All of the events are organized by the city of Akron. For more information on the weekend of events, go to http://akronartsexpo.org.
• Festa Italiana in downtown Cuyahoga Falls runs 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, with fireworks at dusk; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
A morra tournament (where players guess the total number of fingers revealed by players) will begin at 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the midway.
A Catholic Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Among the many activities is grape stomping at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, including the music lineup, go to www.festaitalianacf.com.
• The annual Uncorked Medina Wine Festival will run 4-9 p.m. Friday and 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Medina County Parks' Buffalo Creek Retreat at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road in Seville. The fundraiser for Friends of Medina County Parks will feature local food trucks along with wine and beer tastings.
Cost is $25 advance sale and $35 at the door. Admission gets you 10 tasting tickets and a commemorative glass. You pay for food.
For tickets and more information on vendors and entertainment, as well as wine events associated with the festival, go to www.uncorkedmedina.com.
• D'Agnese's Trattoria on White Pond Italian eatery, 566 White Pond Drive in Akron, will host a Christmas in July — Spanish wine dinner at 6 p.m July 24. Chef Joe Gallagher is teaming up with Vanguard Wines to pair Spanish wines with eats. Cost is $60. To reserve, call 234-678-3612.
Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or email@example.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook.