Buckeye Candy expands treats; new restaurant serves Indian food

More candy and room to shop are coming this summer when Buckeye Candy Co. moves down the street from 104 to 355 Granville Street, the former location of Swan Cleaners.

Jay Sokol, co-owner of Buckeye Candy with his wife, Shana, said he hoped to be in the renovated 1,700 square foot space, an increase of about 1,000 square feet, in July.

“We basically have to rebuild the place, because it was a 40-year-old dry cleaning building,” he said. “We are installing new walls, new floors and new light fixtures. The facade will be about the same. We hope to have a really cool sign out front.

Buckeye Candy, which offers around 1,500 different candies, ranging from nostalgic treats to delicious chocolates imported from Europe, will offer an even wider selection in the new location, according to Sokol.

“I had to be selective just because we don’t have the space,” he said. “Everything here is a perpetual game of Jenga and Tetris, trying to hold it together and not fall over. I’ll have a lot more space and I can have backups of everything. When something sells out, we won’t have no waiting to re-order and waiting to pick it up.We should hopefully have plenty of stock on hand.

Sokol said that a Canadian section had recently been added and that he wanted to integrate several other international sections.

“It definitely opens up a lot of possibilities, as well as other gift items, maybe t-shirts or maybe mugs, other gifts, sort of retro stuff,” he said.

Sokol said the store has been in its current location for three and a half years and has been in desperate need of additional space for some time.

“It will allow us to open our business online, which we didn’t have space to do,” he said. “We will have a lot more storage space. The hours will hopefully be longer.

Sara White wrote on Buckeye’s Facebook page that she will have to double her budget because she always spends more than expected.

“Love walking into (the) store and seeing the new items you have,” she wrote.

“Congratulations from Akron, Ohio. Looking forward to my next visit to Gahanna. Wishing you both the best in your new location,” read another post written by Deb Diamond.

Sokol said the new location is just one block from the high school and across from the new Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library which is currently under construction.

He said updates will be posted on the store’s Facebook page.

Indian dishes with Nepalese accents

Namaste Indo-Nepali Cuisine, offering Napali dishes, opened a second location on February 5 at 1307 Stoneridge Dr.

Ramesh Adhikari, co-owner with Chandra Rimal and Esor Khanal, said the dishes at the casual fine dining restaurant are very closely related to Indian dishes.

“We serve Indian dishes with Nepali touches, but most dishes are Nepalese,” he said.

Gahanna was chosen for a second location, Adhikari said, because they wanted to reach a new community to try Nepali food. He said he believed the community would like it.

“Second, because (the) Nepalese community has grown rapidly and moved beyond Columbus and into Gahanna, Blacklick, Reynoldsburg and further afield, we wanted to grow with the community and be easily reachable,” a- he declared.

The first location opened in 2013 at 1279 Morse Rd. in Columbus.

“Our customers can place a pickup order online on our website, namastenepcuisine.com, or order delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEat,” Adhikari said.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s closed on Tuesday.

Kudos to Noble Cut

Noble Cut Distillery, 750 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, announced via its Facebook page in May that its signature vodka and limoncello had been awarded double gold at the SIP Awards international spirits competition.

In a global pool of spirits competitions to choose from, the SIP Awards continues to stand out from the rest as the only internationally recognized consumer spirits competition that is unaffected by industry bias, according to a statement. May 19 press release from SIP.

The 2022 competition saw a record of more than 1,270 entries from spirits brands and mixers around the world, according to the release.

“The SIP Awards standard of excellence brings an element of scientific theory with it,” said Cher Holmes, Chief Operating Officer.

“Each consumer judge rates individual spirits brands on aroma, taste and finish using the revolutionary NEAT glass. This process allows a larger sample of data to be collected and interpreted, ensuring that the best brands will shine and receive the recognition they deserve.

“Our founder Tony Guilfoy does a happy dance, especially as we use his family limoncello recipe passed down from generation to generation,” reads the May 13 Facebook post.

It was followed on May 16 by noting, “Tony’s happy dance continues. Noble Cut’s signature vodka was also awarded double cold by the SIP Awards.

“The vodka category had the second highest number of submissions in this international spirits competition. We are very proud of our premium vodka made in Ohio using Eastern European distillation and finishing techniques!”

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