Ice cream, popcorn, home decor add to downtown Aurora flavors

There’s a lot happening in downtown Aurora right now, and on the heels of this summer’s June opening of the Paramount School of the Arts and The Venue, a live music concert hall at 21 S. Broadway, there comes four additional grand openings before the summer is over.

PopCulture Gourmet Popcorn will hold a soft opening on Saturday, August 10 at 9 S. Stolp Ave. in the ground floor of Leland Tower. The popcorn shop will offer 40 different flavors and plans to add vegan flavors as well. Hours are noon to 7 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. Owner Kendall Jackson, of Tinley Park, hopes the store will be the first of several. 

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery, located at 6 E. Downer Pl. held a soft opening on August 10 and 11 in the restored Silverplate building at the northeast corner of Stolp Avenue. Owners Esther and Mike Saltijeral, of Oswego, purchased the building in 2017. The ice cream is made in-house and a grand opening date and hours will be announced soon.

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, celebrates its grand opening from 5 to 9 p.m. on September 6 during First Fridays. The store features a mixture of home decor, handmade items, DIY products, painted furniture, gift items, and more. Owner Yvonne Thompson is working with a variety of creative partners and vendors and said the store will offer a fun, unique shopping experience.

Warehouse 55, located at 55 S. Lake St., will celebrate its grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. Owner Mark Allen, of Mark Allen Inspired, said in marketing materials that the store will feature a unique collection of vintage finds, repurposed furnishings, and many one-of-a-kind accessories.