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Pulp opens spot in Medina

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    Mason Rupp, Casey Dingess and Erin Hamilton, Pulp employees, make smoothie samples for the store's ribbon-cutting event Friday.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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MEDINA –– Pulp, one of the newest businesses in town, is the smoothest thing to come to Medina since Smoothie King.

Narvin and Angela Dysart just opened a Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar in Medina. They’ve been serving customers since the beginning of November, but held a ribbon-cutting Friday.

Narvin said that when they were looking for locations for a new shop, Medina made the short list for possible locales. When a space on North Court Street opened up, they took the opportunity to bring the business to the city.

“A few years ago, I didn’t know what Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar was,” said Narvin Dysart as customers and city officials filled the lobby Friday and tried samples. “I was driving down the street with my son and asked him and he said it was a smoothie restaurant. We go in and order a Pulp Passion and I tasted it … I said, ‘we should get one of these’ and he said, ‘What, another smoothie?’ I said, “No, we should get one of these and ask to be a franchise.”

He told the audience at the ribbon-cutting that when he and his wife hung a sign in their window announcing they were hiring, they not only got emails from potential employees, but also from community members thanking them for coming to the community.

“On day one all of our customers were thanking us for opening in their community, and I was thinking, ‘We should be thanking them,’” he said.

Many people will remember Smoothie King. Once located at 4891 Grande Shops Blvd., Medina Township, the business opened in 2007 and closed in 2017.

The Dysarts’ Medina location is one of 30 stores, 27 of which are in Northeast Ohio. They also own a location in Akron.

Tom Knepp started the Pulp franchise in 2005 in Kent.

“It took my first smoothie to say that ‘I have to have one of these, too,” said Knepp. “When I came into the first smoothie place it was just such a happy place, clean, it smells like orange juice. It was the first thing that I could see that I really wanted to be around for the rest of my life. It’s a fun thing to own.”

Medina’s Pulp store has 15 employees. The menu offers dozens of smoothies and a few food options such as wraps and salads.

Pulp is at 1122 N. Court St. For more information, visit pulpjuiceandsmoothie.com.

Contact Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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