More additions to SPIRE
November 5 – TOWNSHIP OF HARPERSFIELD – A new business is set to open in early December in the former Pizza Hut building now owned by the SPIRE Institute along Route 534.
Popp-A-Razzi, formerly located on Bridge Street in Ashtabula, is set to open in the back half of the former Pizza Hut, said SPIRE Institute co-chief executive Richard O’Dell.
He said the store will offer gourmet popcorn and ice cream.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring our gourmet popcorn and artisanal hand-dipped ice cream to the Geneva area. It was one of my dreams to fulfill my late father’s dream of owning a ice cream company and with our new location it gives us the space to expand our deliciously fun menu We will be offering over 20 flavors of gourmet popcorn and 20 flavors of homemade ice cream, Italian gelato, ice cream and dairy-free options,” owner Patricia Snyder said.
She said the business hopes to reopen through Small Business on Saturday, Nov. 26.
O’Dell said he hopes to get another business, which focuses on “candy,” into the same building. He said the SPIRE Institute hopes to continue to see new businesses develop along the Route 534 corridor.
O’Dell said there are currently 82 students at the SPIRE Institute across many “majors” with the hope of doubling the opportunities by next year.
The next step is to build more dormitory-like buildings to house future students.
O’Dell said the SPIRE Institute plans to finish paperwork soon in hopes of starting construction in late winter so the project can be completed by summer.
O’Dell said the summer camping program has grown this year, but more beds are needed to keep growing. He said the SPIRE institute hopes to attract 600 campers to the facility in a variety of sports.
Construction of a new water tower is in sight with property near the SPIRE Institute already purchased, Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski said. He said the county is working to fund the project.
Kozlowski said continued development in the area necessitated the construction of the tower to meet increased needs.
Harpersfield Township Administrator Ray Gruber said utility improvements will be negotiated as specific business needs become known.