Village Project opens Project Shoppe to offer homemade fresh, healthy food and more

Do you wish there was a cute little shop located very close to home in which you could pick up healthy, delicious food and unique specialty items for family enjoyment and gift-giving?

Village Project would like to introduce you to Project Shoppe. In response to folks asking if they could purchase some of the tasty and wholesome foods that VP has shared with their clients, the local nonprofit organization has opened a retail shop in their newly, expanded headquarters building to do just that.

Project Shoppe offers specialty vinegars, granolas, herbed salts and even dog treats made right in the Village Project kitchen with the freshest, organic ingredients. Treat your pooch to Doggie Fresh Breath Treats with parsley and mint from the VP garden and Vegetable Dog Treats with organic veggies, like zucchini, carrots and spinach.

Also available at Project Shoppe is Gourmet Firehouse Salsa, including the popular mango, pineapple and new orange salsa flavors. The recipes were created by retired firefighter Angelo Tetorakis from Avon Lake and slowly perfected over time with input from his firefighter colleagues. All of Firehouse Salsa’s ingredients are free of additives, preservatives and fillers and include all-natural fruit, peppers and spices.

Project Shoppe also features The Home Pantry jams, jellies and teas. Uniquely preserving local and seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers, they craft each jar without any unnecessary sugars, artificial flavors or corn syrups, creating a high quality simple jam or jelly that is delicious. Their flavorful tea blends are made using medicinal qualities from organic ingredients and are just as beautiful as they are warming to your tummy on a chilly morning.

With the holiday season creeping up on us, it’s the perfect time to explore Project Shoppe’s many nonedible gift items, as well, including natural soy Furbish and Fire candles (made in Avon Lake) and Hazelmade’s greeting cards, notepads, tea towels, little notes and pocket journals. Coming soon, just in time for fall and winter, will be cute and cozy knit hats and scarves from Love Your Melon, a meaningful company that supports pediatric cancer research.

Project Shoppe is located at 27360 W. Oviatt Road in the former lobby of Thomas & Thomas Photography Studio in Bay Village. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

All proceeds from the Project Shoppe go directly to support Village Project’s mission to provide nourishing meals and extended services to our neighbors battling cancer in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

Learn more by visiting Village Project’s website at or follow Project Shoppe on Facebook and Instagram.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.16.2018