It all started with popcorn. Fitting, for a Valparaiso business. Twelve years ago, when an executive at Opportunity Enterprises (OE) first had the idea to make and sell popcorn, little did they know they would be providing the public with a whole host of sweet treats at their Simply Amazing Market.
Popcorn and fudge grew to include glazed Bavarian nuts, candies, cookie pops, caramel pretzel rods, and artwork ranging from painted ceramics to art prints created by OE artists, who receive a commission on pieces sold or reproduced. All products except for the candies are made on-site and provide meaningful work for OE clients.
“We pop our own popcorn, make our own fudge and glazed Bavarian nuts, and hand-dipped chocolate treats,” said Jennifer Fine, food and retail director at Simply Amazing Market. “We have been able to sustain employment for multiple adults with disabilities in the market on a daily basis.”
While the Simply Amazing Market is an excellent place to pick up a sweet treat for yourself, it is also an excellent place to shop for gifts. The staff at Simply Amazing Market specialize in making customized corporate gifts, favors for a big event, or gift baskets to remember for that special someone who already has everything.
Among the first to support OE’s Simply Amazing Market were corporations. Over the years, the Simply Amazing Market has continued to grow its corporate gift repertoire.
“It’s becoming very popular for companies to customize their gifts. They can add an item with their logo on it and we can incorporate that and customize the gift for them. We even have customized packaging,” Fine said.
Many corporations are now turning to the Simply Amazing Market for staff appreciation gifts to celebrate special occasions, anniversaries, and staff birthdays, leading to the creation of a birthday cake fudge. Businesses can rely on the Simply Amazing Market to send the gift to staff members. All they have to do is send the Market a list of who is receiving a gift and the Market team will prepare, package, and send the gifts out each month.
There are plenty of options for corporations to choose from in terms of flavors and sizes. Standard gifts include popcorn and fudge, and larger gifts can be customized to include a variety of other goodies.
If you’re looking for a favor that will make your special occasion unique, the Simply Amazing Market has you covered. In addition to the items already available, the Market can customize fudge truffles in colored drizzle or sprinkles to match any occasion.
“We have a variety of options for potential brides. Pretty much, any of our fudge flavors can be made into a truffle,” Fine said. “We can customize colors and packaging. We can also do a variety of prepackaged popcorn.”
Oftentimes, finding a favor that can match your color scheme or theme can be difficult or pricey. Fine has the resources and connections to make sure any favors ordered through the Market are just right—and reasonably priced.
“One of the perks of being a locally-owned small business is that you can order things to be personalized for an event. I will sit down and talk to anyone about color schemes, flavors, and packaging so that it fits their needs,” she said.
When you need a special, one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one, Simply Amazing Market is the perfect place to shop.
“A customer can come in and we will assist them in choosing a basket size, they can pick out the items that they want to add, and then we will fluff it up, put a cello bag and a bow on it and make it pretty for them,” Fine said.
There is always a large selection of popcorn and fudge flavors, and customers can customize cookie pops or caramel pretzel rods with different colored chocolate or sprinkles to add that personal touch.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Simply Amazing Market is offering Cupid’s Crunch, a strawberry based popcorn mixed with pretzels, chocolates, and drizzled with white chocolate. A variety of Valentine’s Day themed candies rounds out the selection.
Stop in at Simply Amazing Market, located at OE headquarters at 2801 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, or at the storefront located in the Valparaiso Meijer. You can also purchase standard, prepackaged gifts through their website: https://www.simplyamazingmarket.com/.
For more information on Opportunity Enterprises, visit their website https://www.oppent.org/.