Pulp is squeezing the fruits of success at Delaware Shopping Center.

Jessica and Rory have been together since their days at Kent State University. Like most college kids, they needed to work while taking classes. They both started working for Thom Knepp after befriending his son, Matt. Mr. Knepp owned a few businesses including a drive-in movie, which both Rory and Jessica worked. That’s when their story began.

Before Jessica and Rory decided to leave Kent, Thom opened a store that was inspired by Robeks, a juice and smoothie restaurant. He called his new store Pulp. It became an instant success in the college town and Jessica and Rory missed the convenience of not having a place to go to get a good smoothie in their new hometown.

“I always loved the concept, so I was sad when we left Kent and didn’t have Pulp to visit when we wanted,” Jessica said.

By the time they decided to open their own store, Pulp had already exploded with almost 20 locations. The couple decided to open up their business in Jessica’s hometown in Delaware.

“It’s always been a really nice downtown,” Rory said, “But in the last five years, there has been great growth and revitalization.”

They also love the location of Delaware and that it is so close to the Columbus market, a market they hope to break into in the future. They like that Columbus is a test market for food and know that if they can succeed in Central Ohio, the franchise can succeed anywhere and can continue to grow. “My goal is to make open up another store on OSU’s campus,” Jessica said.

They’ve seen good traffic since their opening in January, but expect business to pick up as it starts warming up and they continue marketing on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus. 

Stop in for a smoothie, juice, wheat grass shot or a healthy sandwich at 173 S. Sandusky St. by Pat Catan's. All of Pulp’s smoothies serve a purpose, whether that is for energy, for protein or just for all the natural vitamins! The restaurant is a great alternative to your typical fast food establishment. 

Domtar regularly gives back with the help of Earth Choice Ambassadors. With their partnership, the company has done highway and cemetery clean up, sock drives for the homeless, school supply drives, adopted families for Christmas and multiple Earth Week activities.


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