Even McKelley can’t resist the lure of the PB&G, a wheat tortilla filled with peanut butter, bananas, honey, granola and low-fat yogurt.
“It’s a good midnight snack. I take one home after work and eat it while watching TV,” he said. “You feel like you’re eating something bad for you, but it’s not.”
McKelley says adding wraps and salads to the menu is what distinguishes Pulp from other smoothie bars.
McKelley said he shops at the Canton Farmers’ Market and gets some fruit from Fichter Farm in Minerva.
He said the most popular smoothie is the Elite Eight, a tropical drink with strawberry juice, pineapple juice, strawberries, peaches, mangos and orange sherbet. The three “high-energy smoothies” also
“They all come with a full 8- ounce can of Red Bull,” McKelley said. “Very popular with college kids.”
For example, the Raging Berry is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, orange sherbet and your choice of sugar-free or regular Red Bull.
Every smoothie includes one “enhancer,” which can be for energy, stress relief, fiber, or other reasons. The energy enhancer, for instance, is B vitamins. McKelley, who has worked in area restaurants for 20 years, bought the Pulp franchise with his parents, Glen and Kathy Strong.
“Part of what attracted us to Pulp was that it was a local franchise, only in Northeast Ohio,” McKelley said.
The other locations are in Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Streetsboro, Macedonia, Mayfield and Mentor. The eatery does mostly takeout business, but there are a dozen chairs on site, and there is free wi-fi in the shop. Pulp is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
PULP JUICE AND SMOOTHIE BAR
6702 Strip Ave. NW (in plaza with Starbucks)
Garden salad: $4
Catering available for meetings or parties. Some delivery also available.