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{ live it } Local Goods In addition to providing an all-natural product to the public, Florio also has a passion for helping the city’s other en- trepreneurs. His café in Cleveland Inter- national Airport exposes visitors to Inca Tea and showcases a variety of the city’s creations. Cleveland’s East Side is filled with op- portunities to support local businesses, such as: Inspiration from the Inca Trail For Ryan Florio, a cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away. W hen Parma resident Ryan Florio planned his trip to hike the Inca Trail in Peru, he had no idea it would jumpstart an opportunity of a lifetime. Three years later, his business, Inca Tea, is soaring in popularity and giving Cleveland entrepreneurs even more reason to follow their dreams without leaving home. Having had back and knee operations, Florio’s doctors advised him against going on a 10-day ex- cursion through the wilderness. He went anyway. On the first day, a guide combined boiling water, pineapple, apple slices and purple corn, giving Flo- rio the inspiration for his most sought-after tea, Pe- ruvian Spice Berry. “I loved it so much that I drank it for the next 10 days, and I felt physically amazing,” he says. Florio discovered that the secret ingredient was purple corn, and began researching it when he re- turned home. He learned that purple corn — only grown in Peru — helps with joint inflammation, courtsey of inca tea diabetes and weight loss. This super food also is great for the cardiovascular system, has more an- tioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable on the market and builds collagen in the skin. From that day on, there was no looking back. He quit his job as a medical device salesman and launched Inca Tea in February 2014. Inca Tea, which features six flavors, is sold in more than 400 stores throughout the country, in- cluding East Side locations such as Bed Bath & Be- yond, Heinen’s, Miles Market, Giant Eagle Market District, Mustard Seed Market & Café, Constan- tino’s and Whole Foods. Florio recently released a green tea blend and hopes to complete the series with six more flavors. “The most important thing is all my teas have purple corn in them,” Florio says, adding that the tea bags are biodegradable and the packaging is made from recycled materials. “All my products are either non-GMO or organic. It’s nice to know that I’m creating such a great product for people.” — Rachel Hagenbaugh CHAGRIN FALLS POPCORN SHOP FACTORY This Falls favorite has been serving little puffs of crunchy goodness, including double cheese, chocolate, caramel and white cheddar flavors, for more than 60 years. The shop also offers products from Dewey’s Coffee House in Shaker Square and North Ridgeville’s Country Parlour Ice Cream. 53 N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-6577, chagrinfallspopcorn.com BRANDT’S CANDIES From caramel and coconut chews to peppermint patties, flavorful creams and a variety of nut clusters, this 67-year- old business is the place to go for local homemade chocolates. 1238 Lost Nation Road, Willoughby, 440-942-1016, brantscandies.com RICHARDS MAPLE PRODUCTS INC. Enjoy confections made with maple sugar, including candy, spreads, BBQ sauce and mustard. Grab a bottle of maple syrup and get inspired to add this treat into your next meal with recipes available on the store’s website. 545 Water St., Chardon, 800-352-4052, richardsmapleproducts.com Coming Full Circle FROM A GIRL WHO HAD IT ALL — the 1,000 percent package, as her brother-in-law says — to a woman whose racing mind and rationalized be- havior landed her in every psychiatric hospital in Cleveland, Betty Ruth Shear plunges readers into the depths of her struggle in “Full Circle: My Suc- cess Story Living With Bipolar Disease.” This in- tensely personal account of a fundamentally mis- understood condition shares Shear’s downward spiral, psychiatric ward encounters, broken spirits and, ultimately, her determination to make every day count. — RH circle east magazine  •  fall 2015 5