By Paul Kavanaugh
Can You Think of a Better Name for a Gourmet Popcorn Shop?
It’s one of those classic American stories. Two long-time friends are winding down their first careers and get together to fulfill a mutual life-long dream – open a small business. In this case, the two friends are Dawn Fleenor and Keith Kleinhans. The small business they decided to open: Cornucopia, a gourmet popcorn shop conveniently located on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol. It is at the same light you use to turn into Walmart, but on the other side of the Parkway.
When I visited them last week, they had 50 flavors of Popcorn available, with more in the testing stages constantly. I tried three, one of them their newest flavor, Bacon BBQ. Unbelievable how accurate they get these flavors; it was delicious. Then I gave Candy One and Maple Butter a try. Both are on the sweet side obviously, but quite good. I am a bit of a sucker for sweet popcorn, so this was a double treat.
Dawn and Keith are proving to be quite adept at this popcorn thing. Not where either would have predicted even in the not so distant past. Dawn was winding down her career in healthcare as Keith was doing the same in the automotive field. They started talking about what’s next, agreeing that it needed to be different and unusual, maybe even nostalgic. Funny how things work – they decided on the popcorn business and scouted around for the right location – someplace convenient with ample parking. It took a while, but once they found their current spot, they got to work. That was in September. In just four months they created their space, learned how to make popcorn, got their equipment in, up and running and all the myriad tasks associated with opening a new business.
Now they have a nice store where you can get old time sodas, many varieties of candy, gift baskets and more. Not to mention the popcorn. Oh, by the way, they have regular ole popcorn too. In four different size bags! Stop by and check out Cornucopia. You can’t help but be mesmerized by all the flavors – I was.
Cornucopia Gourmet Popcorn – 2137 Volunteer Parkway – 423-574-CORN(2676)