Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats Announces Closure

Gahanna, OH– May 7, 2024 — Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats, a beloved local business known for its creative popcorn flavors and delightful Chicago-style eats, announced today that its founder, Pam Tylka, will be taking a medical hiatus and closing her shop due to health concerns. Tylka’s last day popping will be Saturday, June 22.

She has been a dynamic presence in the Gahanna community since she opened the shop in 2017, and shared that her decision was influenced by recent developments in her health, including a journey with cancer that now requires further testing and medical attention. Additionally, an injury incurred last December — affectionately dubbed her “Sugar Plum Fairy” leap — necessitates surgery to ensure she can continue enjoying her passions, like keeping up with her granddaughter and attending summer concerts.

Tylka began her venture in the North Market in 2005, captivating locals with her unique popcorn creations. After more than a decade of success, she departed North Market to pursue a freestanding location in Gahanna in 2017, introducing Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats.

While stepping back to focus on her health and family, Pam reassures her customers that this pause is not permanent. All equipment will be carefully stored, with plans to relaunch in a new location in New Albany or Gahanna when her health permits. Pam encourages her patrons to keep their popcorn tins ready for the shop’s exciting next chapter.

Expressing deep gratitude for the support and love received over the years, Pam extends a heartfelt thank you to her loyal customers that have supported her business through the years, as well as, through her health challenges. She warmly invites everyone to visit on June 22 to share laughs, memories, and, of course, great popcorn.

Follow Pam’s journey and updates on the future of Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats on her social media. Pam looks forward to future possibilities and embarks on this hiatus with optimism and gratitude.


About Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats

Situated in Gahanna, Ohio, Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats has been a staple in the community for its innovative popcorn flavors and authentic Chicago-style dishes. Founded by Pam Tylka in 2005, she first opened up shop in the iconic North Market before relocating to her very own freestanding location in 2017.  The shop has become beloved not just for its food but also for Pam’s gregarious personality and outgoing nature. For updates, please follow Pam on Facebook @pamspopcorn.

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