Business Spotlight: Inga’s Popcorn and Sweet Shop
Writer / Janelle Morrison
Photographer / Lori Koppold
Do you have an old candy favorite? You know, that one candy in particular that was absolutely “off-limits” to trading with friends or that was cleverly concealed from your siblings. Inga’s Popcorn is excited to announce their latest expansion now offers customers an impressive variety of retro and current candies that takes you back to simpler days.
Celebrating three years on the historic brick street in Zionsville, Inga’s Popcorn has become a household name through the greater metropolitan area. Their delicious gourmet popcorn selection has grown steadily over the last few years. Owner and namesake Inga Smith has enjoyed the success and evolution of her business.
As a member of the Indiana Artisan, an organization that brings together Indiana’s talented artisans’ unique art and food creations, Smith features an assortment of local products in her store.
Products such as Uncle Gary’s Kettle Corn, B. Happy Gourmet Peanut Butter, Indiana Craft Jerky and Newfangled Confections are a few representations of the local artisan products available at Inga’s Popcorn.
“I have met people at farmer’s markets or through my membership at the Indiana Artisan whose items I carry,” Smith explained. “I know that they are high quality and delicious products.”
One of the items that Smith brought in, rock candy from Newfangled Confections, sparked an idea by her. It sold well, and her customers seemed to enjoy the nostalgia that the candy evoked. Smith decided to expand her inventory to include retro and contemporary bulk candies.
Now available at her store, customers can scoop out their favorite sweet treats just as they did when they were children. Even more, Smith is hoping that her customers will create fond memories with their children and grandchildren with her latest product offerings.
“We have local kids that come in, as a group, with a dollar bill, and I want them to be able to buy more than just a soda or bottle of water,” Smith expressed. “I want them to have options when they visit our store. Personally, I love bulk candy. My favorites include malted milk balls and Red Hots. After testing the market with eight different candy types that sold really well, I decided to expand our candy selection and get it up and running before the summer festivals and activities kick off here in town.”
Smith consults with her candy distributor on the trending top sellers but is encouraging her customers to offer suggestions on what retro candy they would like for her to carry. Most brands are still being manufactured but are not always easily found. Smith has brought in some classic favorites such as Black Cows, Bottle Caps, Lemonheads, Atomic Fire Balls and many others that are sure to satisfy even the most discriminating sweet tooth.
“We welcome any suggestions and feedback from our customers,” Smith emphasized. “We will continue to tweak the selections and see what our customers enjoy the most. It brings me so much joy to offer my signature gourmet popcorn collection, the specialty foods, Italian gelato and now our sweet shop to our customers. It makes me feel that I am providing a meaningful service while doing what I enjoy.”
Stop in and treat yourself and your family to a myriad of high quality treats while creating sweet memories that will last a lifetime.
For hours of operation and more information on Inga’s Popcorn, visit ingaspopcorn.com.
Inga’s Popcorn Shop
140 S. Main St., Zionsville