A family-owned New Hope, Pa., caramel corn shop is opening up a store on Main Street in Bethlehem.Clusters, a caramel corn shop, is scheduled to open in March at 530 Main St. in Bethlehem.Alyssa Passeggio | New Jersey Advance Media photo
Clusters, 530 Main St., is expected to open in March, according to a sign posted in the window.
The storefront has been vacant since the women's boutique Shuze closed in 2013 after a five-year run.
Clusters owners Linda and Jules Sghiatti dreamed up the idea to open a popcorn store after watching fireworks in New Hope one evening and discussing the lack of snack shops other than ice cream, according to the store's website.
As they chatted about how they loved hitting caramel corn shops on the boardwalk, the idea for Clusters was born. Jules Sghiatti, a residential builder, got to work designing and building the shop while Linda and the kids started testing recipes.
Years later, the shop is thriving with a brick-and-mortar and online retail business and Clusters is expanding to a Bethlehem location.
The Sghiattis did not return messages left at the New Hope location seeking more details about their plans for Bethlehem.
Clusters now offers a dizzying array of flavors, ranging from buttered, blue cheese and dill pickle to the gourmet options such as cookie explosion and white cheddar chipotle.
And here's an insider tip: when the staff at Clusters asks if you want your bag open or closed, always answer open. You'll get an extra scoop.
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