Pearl City Popcorn owner looks back on her first two years of business | Local

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“I’ve learn a lot, but it’s given me a lot more flexibility with my family and things like that,” she stated, “It’s been a lot of work too, I call (the store) my third kid. Still, I’m a talker so I definitely love interacting with the community and the regulars. All of the downtown businesses are like our own little community, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of those people and become friendly with them.”

Hillman stated she would need to go with Jalapeño Cheddar as her preferred taste, although the timeless kettle corn was a close second. As she states, you can never ever fail with kettle. However even with all the tastes provided, she states that she and her hubby still put in the time to think about brand-new tastes or think about demands from clients.

“We’ll just kind of go out and drive around at night, and we’ll kind of just ponder food and flavors we like and how we can incorporate them into popcorn,” she said.

Though her store opened just about half a year before the start of the pandemic, Hillman said other than closing for a couple months, her business wasn’t too negatively affected by it. In addition, while the holidays are the busiest time for her store, she said Pearl City Popcorn sees a steady flow of clients through the year.

“I’m very pleased with how much the community has come out to support and take care of their small businesses,” Hillman stated, “I’m so thankful for my customers, and I appreciate them so much. Without them, we wouldn’t be here, so their continued support is comforting to me.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.