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Sweet Tooth: Here's What's Poppin Gourmet Popcorn in Cedar Falls


Here's What's Poppin is all about popcorn. The specialty store is located on Main Street in Cedar Falls. It's owned and operated by the Bagenstos family. Jenny Bagenstos said her family has always loved to visit popcorn stores.

"College Square Mall used to have one, and I've always really missed that popcorn. I really thought it would do well in the community," said Jenny Bagenstos.

Bagenstos said she never planned on opening her own store when she started making popcorn more than a year ago.

"A year ago I started making it and getting excited about the recipes. I made it for family and friends and took orders and sold it at the farmer's market. someone said a building was open, and I said let's go for it," said Bagenstos.

There's plain popcorn available every day at the counter, but there's also plenty of flavored popcorn. Everything is made at the store.

Daughter Ally Bagenstos is well-known in the community for her singing. The family thought it would be a fun twist to name most of the popcorn flavors after songs.

"Our Butterfinger is named Slip Sliding Away, Ring of Fire is made with some ghost peppers, maple bacon is Hungry Like a Wolf," said Jenny Bagenstos.

The whole store has a retro theme. Even selling Coca Cola in glass bottles, but the popcorn is the focus.

"I just love walking down a main street and smelling the smell of popcorn, and then having people come in. I enjoy that here, having people say it smells so good," said Bagenstos.

Besides bags of popcorn, the store just started selling gift baskets. Jenny Bagenstos hopes to add new items to the store about every week so there's always something new to try.

Here's What's Poppin is located at 220 Main Street in Cedar Falls.

The store is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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