- Pandora’s Cupcake location in Tallmadge will be closing and its last day will be March 22nd.
- Brian Steere has purchased Pandora’s Cupcakes and will turn its Montrose location into Crafty Steere.
West Point Market fans can soon visit a new brick-and-mortar store dedicated to the popular luxury market’s most popular offerings. Although the change has caused the closure of the Pandora’s Cupcake location in Tallmadge, which recently announced on social media that it will close on March 22nd.
West Point Market closed in Akron’s Wallhaven area in 2015. A smaller version of the family-owned grocery store that followed opened in Fairlawn from 2016 to 2018.
A new business called Crafty Steere will soon be selling West Point Market cheese spreads, crackers, crackers and salads under one roof. The same building will also house merchandise from other small local businesses, as well as Pandora’s Cupcakes.
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A third-generation owner of West Point Market, Rick Vernon has been making and selling the market’s legendary three-layer brownies at Pandora’s Cupcakes for the past three years. When Vernon heard that Pandora’s Cupcakes owner Ken Carr was considering closing the store, he connected him with Brian Steer, CEO of Steere Enterprises in Tallmadge and owner of Springside Athletic Club in Bath. Vernon, with the help of former West Point Market cheese shop manager Diana Bole and Springside Cafe operator Demi Boyazis, recently began selling the market’s original cheese spreads as part of the athletic club.
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Steere and Vernon discussed finding a larger space in the best retail location to sell West Point Market merchandise, so the opportunity to purchase Pandora’s Cupcakes was not taken lightly.
The change in ownership would mark the end of the Pandora’s Cupcake location in Tallmadge, but the cupcakes will continue to be sold at the Montrose location, where Steere expects to complete its transition to Crafty Steere by the end of March.
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When Crafty Steere opens, it will have the same hours as Pandora’s Cupcakes. Steere anticipates customers will be able to purchase West Point crackers when the store opens, with West Point salads available within 30 days of opening. They use this time to perfect some of the 350 recipes that Vernon’s father, Russ Vernon, developed for the former store.
Those interested will be able to get updates on the new venture on Crafty Steere’s website and Facebook, which are in the process of being created.
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