“Popcorn is fun! I love it! I get out of bed thinking, this is going to be a great day!” said Inga Smith, proprietor of Inga’s Popcorn.
When circumstances came along that dictated changes in her life, Inga felt the only option was to open up a business – one that would enable her to work as she pleased, while being there for children, Carmen, Quinn, and Eve as much as possible.
Having grown up in an entrepreneurial family, working for her parents and owning a couple other businesses in previous years, the idea seemed perfectly natural. But Inga didn’t know what that business would be until she took a trip to Chicago with a friend who introduced her to Garrett Popcorn. “I see this line wrapped around the corner and a lightbulb went on,” she said. “I knew that my hometown in Zionsville didn’t have a popcorn shop, and so I looked into it.” She thought if she could take Garrett’s idea and tweak it to make it her own, it just might work.
Today, Inga has two storefronts – one in Bloomington, Ind., and one in Zionsville, where she pops about 60 pounds of popcorn daily. But other places carry Inga’s Popcorn too. Not long after setting up in the coffee shop in the West Baden Springs Hotel and Oliver Winery, Indiana University jumped on board. “Last year we provided popcorn for all the suites at the football games,” said Inga. And this fall, it’ll be hawked to all the fans in the aisles. “I grew up in Bloomington and went to IU, so I’m very excited about my popcorn being there,” Inga said.
During the month of August, Inga’s Popcorn is running a contest for a new flavor. The winner will receive one tub of popcorn a month for an entire year! Pick up your entry form at Inga’s Popcorn and a couple of bags of her delicious flavored popcorn at 140 S. Main St, Zionsville.
Visit www.ingaspopcorn.com for more information on Inga’s Popcorn.