From left: House owners Dion Burks, Yolanda Burks and Mario Navarrete and worker Jana Cone collectively run Popcorn Blast on the freeway. 6 at Cy-Honest.
For Mario Navarrete, one of many house owners of Popcorn Blast on Hwy. 6 at Cy-Honest, coming to work on daily basis is like coming to work in a sweet retailer. There are alternatives to be artistic with the flavors, to please clients, and to see the eyes mild up as kids and adults stroll by means of the door.
“The thrill, even when the adults are available in, is sheer magnificence,” he mentioned.
The family-owned gourmand popcorn retail retailer opened in September 2018 on the freeway. 6 at Cy-Honest. Navarrete runs the enterprise along with her sister Yolanda Burks and her husband Dion Burks. Yolanda, whose ardour drove the trio to open the enterprise, mentioned the popcorn had a unifying impact on individuals.
“It is one thing that you may share with your loved ones and luxuriate in all of it collectively,” she says. “It is gratifying to have the ability to play even a small half in these instances for individuals.”
Once they began, the entire house owners took coaching the place they discovered infuse flavors into popcorn, Navarrete mentioned. They’ve since reached a degree of experience the place they’ll experiment with completely different combos, akin to peanut butter and jelly, and “unicorn,” a taste that mixes white chocolate with vanilla and sprinkles.
Burks mentioned she was additionally pleased to obtain taste suggestions from clients. In a single case, a shopper who was pregnant on the time prompt combining dill pickles and cake batter. The mix has since been added to the menu with the title ‘child bump’.
“If you hear these flavors you assume it sounds unusual, however you’d be shocked how effectively they go collectively,” he mentioned.
The entire popcorn is made on-site from scratch, mentioned Yolanda Burks, and the crew strives to make use of genuine substances wherever attainable. For instance, the Oreo flavored popcorn is made with actual Oreos and the colonels are lined with the Oreo inside.
Earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, Navarrete mentioned the crew usually hosted weddings and different occasions, the place they arrange an on-site popcorn snack bar. The corporate may create labels for packaging that may be customized for particular events, Navarrete mentioned, akin to “Able to Pop” for child bathe. He mentioned he hopes he can begin doing extra of those live shows because the pandemic subsides.
Along with shopping for popcorn in-store, clients can have it delivered or shipped, Navarrete mentioned. Though the pandemic has harm gross sales over the previous 12 months, he mentioned they had been longing for the long run.
“The nice factor is we’re nonetheless in Houston,” he mentioned.
8475 Hwy. 6 N., Houston
Hours: Mon-Sat 12 pm-7pm, closed Solar.