Campbell’s Sweets’ heritage spans four decades of candy making excellence, beginning with our father, Amos “Jupie” Campbell’s famous Karmelkorn®. Amos started us on this sweet journey when he opened highly profitable Karmelkorn franchise shops in four mall locations and a plaza store.
In 2004, I, Jeff (I’m Amos’ son) and my wife, Lynn opened Campbell’s Popcorn Shop in Cleveland’s historic West Side Market. At that time, we, along with two of our daughters, Holly and Bethany, launched our business with only a microwave, bowls, cooking utensils and some raw products. With a lot of hard work, sweat equity and integrity we have seen our business grow and flourish.
A few years later, we expanded our operation by opening another stand in the West Side Market—Grandma Freda’s Fresh Bake. (The stand was named after Jeff’s late mother, who loved to bake.) Specializing in cupcakes, our bakery now sells more than 80,000 of these delicious “personal size” cakes per year. In 2012 we changed the name of the stand to Grandma Campbell’s Cupcakes.
Then just a few months after opening Grandma Freda’s, our son, Clark, decided to join the fun by partnering with Jeff to purchase another West Side Market stand—The Juice Garden. At this point our other daughter, Laura, came on board to help make our scrumptious, healthy smoothies and fresh squeezed juices.
Practically bursting at the seams trying to keep up with customer demand (especially for our delectable, award winning, almost addictive Dichotomy Corn) has catapulted us into our newest expansion. In August, 2011 we opened our beautiful, spacious Campbell’s Sweets Factory in Ohio City. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from our three stands in the West Side Market, we can now supply our customers 6 days a week.
One of the great joys of this business is that we add value to our community: our treats provide a pleasant, affordable diversion to everyday life. Every sweet is unique and lovingly prepared. The satisfaction we receive from creating our treats is almost as great as the delight of our customers who buy them—when you love what you do, it shows. Exquisite taste sells our product; reasonable prices make it available to almost everyone. We could charge more, but “Jupie” would never approve of taking advantage of people just because we could. So we honor him by offering impeccable taste served with a smile.