New beverage, dessert store opens in Hamilton

Smoochies Boba & Crepes will open a second Butler County location, this one at 113 Main St. in Hamilton. Its first location opened in 2017 inside The Foundry at Liberty Center. The business serves smoochies, a nickname for fresh fruit smoothies served with boba, or bubble tea served with tapioca pearls. CONTRIBUTED
Smoochies Boba & Crepes will open a second Butler County location, this one at 113 Main St. in Hamilton. Its first location opened in 2017 inside The Foundry at Liberty Center. The business serves smoochies, a nickname for fresh fruit smoothies served with boba, or bubble tea served with tapioca pearls. CONTRIBUTED

A business offering a unique beverage and a popular dessert opened a second location in Butler County last weekend

Smoochies Boba & Crepes debuted Saturday at 113 Main St. in Hamilton, near Petals & Wicks.

The business serves “smoochies,” a nickname for fresh fruit smoothies served with “boba,” or bubble tea served with tapioca pearls.

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Co-owners Nadja Mirpuri and Dr. Susan Alcasid opened the first Smoochies Boba & Crepes at Liberty Center in 2017.

Tapioca pearls are gummy-like spheres made from starch and casava root, a plant native to South America. The drink originated in Taiwan in the 1980s when a tea stand added the “boba” to its frothy tea drinks to create imaginative, new beverages. Because the drinks had tapioca pearl “bubbles” at the top and bottom, the drink became known as “bubble tea.”

Smoochies also serves fruit shakes, milk teas, fruit teas paired with our sweet and savory crepes.” Variations of the creamy-texture drink come in classic and island flavors and are made from mangoes, avocado, coconut, corn and other fruits.

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