As gift recipients ripped open holiday packages and unwrapped presents, some received sweet treats that had an even sweeter story behind them. For those receiving gourmet treats by Simply Amazing Market, their present not only tasted delicious, it also helped to support programs that work to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
The business community of Northwest Indiana has embraced Simply Amazing Market, using the gift sets offered to show their appreciation for others during the holiday season as well as to promote a better, more inclusive community. Simply Amazing Market offers a variety of gift sets to choose from, featuring popcorn, fudge, candies, glazed nuts, quick-serve treats, and seasonal favorites.
Each purchase from Simply Amazing Market of Opportunity Enterprises makes a difference to the Northwest Indiana community. Providing a myriad of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, Opportunity Enterprises launched Simply Amazing Market with a vision of being about more than just amazing gourmet fudge and popcorn.
“From its earliest beginnings, OE’s vision has been a fully integrated community where life for people with disabilities is valuable, purposeful, and fulfilling,” Becky Jascoviak, Marketing Communications Specialist at Opportunity Enterprises, said. “As each individual pursues their goals of self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life, they become part of the community, not just as a receiver, but as a contributor.”
Simply Amazing Market operates with the help of amazing people, the participants of Opportunity Enterprises. Each delicacy is hand-produced and packaged by those with disabilities to bring the delicious treats to Northwest Indiana. David, an employee of Simply Amazing Market, has learned new skills in packaging, labeling, and preparing goods for sales.
“He is meticulous and takes great pride in his work,” Simply Amazing Market said of David in their holiday letter. “As he has grown more comfortable with his coworkers, he has also become more social. The Simply Amazing Market is a great place for individuals with disabilities to learn important job and life skills, in addition to the yummy treats they make.”
The community has greatly welcomed Simply Amazing Market for their delectable treats and the good they provide the Region.
“We have been purchasing the Simply Amazing products, and other products from OE, since its inception,” Rich Shields, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Chester Inc., said. “We gift them to clients throughout the year as well during special occasions and holidays."
Chester Inc., a major sponsor and contributor to OE and a gold-member partner for sponsorships, attends nearly every OE function throughout the year and has purchased nearly every product from Simply Amazing Market. Fully supporting Simply Amazing Market’s mission, Chester Inc. of Valparaiso demonstrates how the business community of Northwest Indiana appreciates Simply Amazing Market for its products and its contribution to the community.
“The community has embraced the range of products offered at the Simply Amazing Market, from our standards of popcorn and fudge to the hand-painted pieces of ceramic dishes and gift packages,” Jascoviak said. “We love when they help us select new and seasonal flavors as well as tell us the stories of how they used certain products. We are always taking suggestions of products customers would like. In fact, that is how some of our snack items became a regular purchase item.”
Levin Tire & Service Center of Highland has used the Simply Amazing Market gift sets for the last two years as gifts to some of their most frequented clients as a token of their appreciation. In particular, the company has enjoyed gifting the Mini Amazing Sampler, a gift set containing caramel popcorn, Chicago-style popcorn, and chocolate fudge.
“We have been very thankful that a company like Opportunity Enterprises is located near our Valparaiso store,” Levin Tire & Service Center said. “They have a great staff across all of their entities that display awesome customer service, both on the phone and in person. When we didn’t purchase enough gift samplers [from Simply Amazing Market], we were able to pick them up on the fly at their store. Quick and convenient service you couldn’t get from an online catalog.”
With a new storefront within Meijer of Valparaiso, Simply Amazing Market is more accessible to businesses and to the public than ever before. Businesses are invited to make purchases that not only treat their partners to outstanding handmade gourmet popcorn and fudge, but also promote a valuable, purposeful, and fulfilling life for all residents of Northwest Indiana.