About Jungle Jim’s International Market
Past: From the beginning, Jungle Jim’s was an idea bigger than the sum of its parts. Starting out as a roadside produce stand and slowly growing into what we are today has given us a unique perspective – not just on groceries and how to sell them, but what kind of experience that should be. Jungle Jim himself has always been a bit larger than life, so starting small only means we appreciate where we are now that much more.
Present: With two locations, more than 500,000 square feet combined, hundreds of thousands of products, and over 70 countries represented, Jungle Jim’s International Market is locally grown, but internationally known. We’re a destination for foodies, tourists, and weekly shoppers alike; from just around the corner to across the pond and beyond. Everyone who walks through our doors can shop without borders, and they share that experience with so many others.
Future: We’re always looking for the next big thing; not just to get on the shelves or into your carts, but unique and challenging projects that will make your experience at Jungle Jim’s International Market that much more memorable. Every time you walk through the doors, we want you to find something new to be excited about, and, of course, give you a reason to come back.
Jungle Jim Story
James O. Bonaminio was born in 1949 in Lorain Ohio, 30 miles outside of Cleveland. His father, Clem, was a steelworker; his mother, Marie, a housewife and sometimes saleswoman. For a while, she peddled Fuller brushes door to door. Pushing a baby buggy, she discovered, was a terrific ice-breaker. Jim swears he remembers hearing sales pitches from inside the carriage...
Plan Your Trip
Our stores are big, so take time to plan your trip! The best way to enjoy your first visit is to take a map, located at the entrance. Follow the map to make sure you see everything as it’s easy to miss those out-of-the-way areas and attractions. Also, take a look at our calendar to see what events and festivals are coming up.
Video & Photo Gallery
It’s hard to put into words the fun, excitement, and overall wildness on display at Jungle Jim’s, so we thought some photos and videos might be best. Here are some shots from around the Jungle, featuring attractions and scenes from around both locations!
We think we’re a lot of fun, but don’t take our word for it. See what others have to say about Jungle Jim’s International Market, then plan your trip and visit us to find out for yourself!
Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese FestivalOur annual Big Cheese Festival is the ultimate two-day homage to fromage! We bring out the best and the brightest of the cheese and charcuterie world for you to taste, enjoy, and savor with expertly-selected beer, wine, and whiskey pairings. Family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike, the Big Cheese Festival is the premier event for fromagers everywhere! This year, we’re going Big (Cheese) with a brand new, completely remodeled VIP experience that includes a VIPs-only lounge, exclusive cheeses that will only be available to VIPs, and beer, wine, and whiskey samples! Visit the ticket page for VIP, General Admission, and Kids pricing and details!
Jungle Jim’s Whiskey NightReady for an exceptional night? Put on your glad rags and don your top hat or your fanciest sequined headband— we want to see everyone decked out and ready for a party! Harkening back to the days of speakeasies, our Whiskey Night: Prohibition-Style is sure to have you saying “that’s the bee’s knees” in no time!
Jungle Jim’s Spring Wine GalaTreat yourself to a night of extravagance at the Jungle Jim’s Spring Wine Gala, Eastgate’s new, exclusive wine affair! The Spring Wine Gala is your opportunity to sample wines from around the world in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Throughout the night, you can sample, sip, and savor both New and Old World wines, have your wine-related questions answered by our wine experts, and dine on gourmet hors d'oeuvres crafted by our Executive Chef. Plus, with our Buyer’s Club feature, you can pre-order wines at the show and pick up your bottles the following week, just in time for Easter. Our Spring Wine Gala promises to kick off the season with a bang; you don’t want to miss this.
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