October 24, 2014

Medina
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Medina Malley’s to open

Tom Cannon finishes a coat of paint on a chocolate bunny sculpture that will decorate the former bank vault at the new Malley's in Medina Township, 4191 Pearl Road. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA TWP. — The drive along Pearl Road will be a little sweeter Monday morning when Malley’s Chocolates opens at the corner of Pearl and Ledgewood Drive.

That’s when Malley’s opens its 22nd store in the region and its first in the Medina area. On Monday and Tuesday, every item in the store is half-price.

Dan Malley, president and CEO, said he’s excited about the grand opening. On Monday, Malley plans to fly a message plane over the area advertising the store.

“We’ve been wanting to come to Medina for a while,” he said. “We just wanted to find the right place.”

The former FirstMerit bank at 4191 Pearl Road served as the perfect location, Malley said, because it’s on the corner of a main thoroughfare, and the drive-through windows can be used during peak seasons for specific items.

On Feb. 13 and 14, Malley plans to use the drive-through lanes to sell chocolate-covered strawberries and grapes. He said Malley’s in North Royalton has used drive-through lanes, and they proved popular and saved parking spaces for customers who chose to browse.

Malley even found a way to use the former bank’s vault: It will be a showcase for a giant chocolate bunny statue, a unique addition to the local store.

“We’ve used the bunny in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and in front of stores during Easter,” Malley said. “He’ll look good in the vault.”

Malley’s Chocolates is a family-owned business started in Lakewood in 1935 by Dan’s grandfather, Mike. Malley’s Chocolates is recognized throughout the Cleveland area for its pink-and-mint-green signs and “CHOC” bumper stickers.

The most popular Malley’s chocolates include Nutmallow — a mixture of secret-recipe marshmallow, English walnuts and Malley’s Chocolates’ pure chocolate, and shaped into a loaf; chocolate-covered pretzels; and Bordeaux, an English toffee center covered with chocolate and shaved almonds.

The Medina-area store will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store will have longer hours during peak holiday seasons.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.