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OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY MAKER
CBPB Popcorn Shop
Sweet or salty? This is the choice you face as you look to select that
must-have snack. At CBPB Popcorn Shop, you don't have to make a
choice. Upon entering the store, you're greeted with bags of various
flavors of popcorn from sweet to savory. Meanwhile, a display of
decadent caramel apples will tempt you into a sweet treat you didn't
know you needed.
When business partners Alven and Isis opened CBPB Popcorn Shop
nearly 11 years ago, it was because of their love of treats. At the time,
there wasn't a locally-owned shop in town. " There was a void that
we wanted to fill. We weren't the only ones who craved popcorn and
treats as much as we did. "
They were right. Since opening, the community has embraced the
shop, located off Neil St. and Kirby Ave.-an ideal location to pick up
treats before you head out to tailgate. Their treats go well beyond the
individual indulgence. The owners often fulfill requests for friends,
family, and co-workers, which are perfect for gift baskets or just to
show someone you care.
It's not just the smile and the fantastic customer service you get
that keeps you coming back, it's the old-fashioned way of preparing
their snacks that make you crave them more and more. " Sweet and
simple, " says Alven. " We make sure our products have a lot of flavor
and we make it a point to treat our customers like family, so when
they enter our store they feel comfortable and happy. "
We all have our favorites, just ask the Visit Champaign County team
about their varied tastes on popcorn from the Jalapeno Cheddar
to the Cheesy Ranch to Almond Crunch. But CBPB notes that the
caramel apples are their most popular treat. They hand-pick and
dip each apple themselves. " It's a fun process, " and we can see why.
Flavors like Apple Cobbler, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Overload,
Turtle, and Cookies-n-Cream can certainly provide delight not only in
creating, but in serving them up. " We love seeing the joy customers
show when they get our apples. "
Alven and Isis hope to be in Champaign-Urbana for a long time,
with hopes of multiple locations in town for locals and visitors to
experience, including their pop-ups at the State Farm Center and
Memorial Stadium during games. Stop in and discover your newest
craving, because they love nothing more than making people smile.
ON THE PATIO
There's something special about dining al fresco with
the fresh air and the sunset providing the ambiance. Our
downtown districts offer hundreds of outdoor seats to enjoy
with social distancing, with these iconic patios providing the
perfect backdrop for dinner or a drink.
Crane Alley
This gastropub in downtown Urbana has a charming alley
filled with outdoor seats, perfect to enjoy their many craft
brews alongside their elevated pub food.
Blind Pig Brewery
One of the most photographed spots in the community, the
Blind Pig beer garden is the place to be during the evening.
Grab food from any one of the surrounding restaurants and
enjoy a cold, local brew with friends under the patio lights.
Esquire Lounge
The original outdoor patio in downtown Champaign, Esquire
Lounge's outdoor dining is highly sought after in the
summer as the work day ends and happy hour begins. We
suggest their housemade pineapple margaritas on a warm
summer day.
Big Grove Tavern
Off One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign, Big Grove
Tavern is the perfect spot to catch live music during Friday
Night Live in the summer, or for a casual date night.
Sipyard
A truly outside of ordinary spot, the Sipyard is located in an
alleyway in downtown Urbana, decked out in graffiti with
local beers served from shipping crates. Catch live music
in this location, or just catch-up with friends in this photofriendly
spot.
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