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Popcorn Pavilion

December 15, 2009 17:32 ET

Popcorn Pavilion Pops Open Its Doors in Bellevue Square

Grab a Bite on the Boardwalk: Gourmet Popcorn Shop Serves Up Fun Flavors, From Peppermint Cocoa to Green Tea & Sea Salt, Amid Vintage Seaside Backdrop

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - While Bellevue has experienced a steady stream of new businesses "popping" up, none do so as literally as the latest venture to join the downtown core. Now open in Bellevue Square, Popcorn Pavilion (1073 Bellevue Square) is a new locally-owned gourmet popcorn shop complete with a vintage East Coast boardwalk theme inviting shoppers to take a step back in time.

Featuring fresh-made gourmet popcorn, as well as Dolle's authentic salt water taffy and a range of fancy nuts, the 600 square foot store opened its doors on Dec. 9. This Saturday, Dec. 19, the company will officially celebrate its grand opening with a day of popcorn samples, gift giveaways and prizes, from noon to 6 p.m. The store is located in the mall near Macy's, and the event is free and open to the public.

Currently, the store features 18 unique popcorn flavors made fresh on-site daily using high-quality, pure ingredients. Options range from classics such as Caramel, White Cheddar and Kettle Corn, to more exotic flavors, including Sweet Banana, Cinnamon Bun and Green Tea & Sea Salt. While the sweet flavors are always popular, the company wanted to provide a more healthy option in its innovative Green Tea & Sea Salt offering, which uses organic popcorn and matcha green tea powder, and contains high levels of antioxidants and fiber.

Popcorn Pavilion was founded by local Bellevue residents Grant and Ashley Jones, who were inspired to bring the gourmet snack to the Eastside after observing Chicago's love affair with the popular kernels. They noted a lack of accessible high-quality popcorn in the Eastside area, and quickly went to work.

"We looked at this as not only a great business opportunity, but a way to simply brighten someone's day with a sweet treat," said Ashley Jones, who spent the last year perfecting the popcorn flavors and will serve as Popcorn Pavilion's head chef. "Historically, the popcorn industry has always done well, even during times of economic instability, including the Great Depression. There is something magical and nostalgic with popcorn, and our goal was to capture that in a family-friendly atmosphere."

The popcorn, taffy and fancy nuts are all served up to customers amid the eye-catching boardwalk backdrop. The owners landed on the motif as a way to instill a sense of simpler times and family vacations, making a stop at Popcorn Pavilion a true treat. The eye-catching design is fun for all ages and includes weathered floor-to-ceiling boardwalk murals, custom blown-glass popcorn lights, and the crowning touch, an observation window to watch the popcorn as it's made on site!

The popcorn is available in a variety of options, including 1-gallon and 6.5-gallon tins, as well as three-flavor gift boxes, and even several "Popcorn of the Month" club options. All products can also be purchased on Popcorn Pavilion's website at www.popcornpavilion.com, and the company ships everywhere in the United States. In addition, Popcorn Pavilion also creates custom popcorn corporate gifts, and has popcorn fundraising options available to groups.

Popcorn Pavilion is open daily from 9:30am - 9:30pm. For more information, shoppers may call the shop at (425) 451-8084 or visit www.popcornpavilion.com.

About Popcorn Pavilion

Located in Bellevue, WA, Popcorn Pavilion LLC is a gourmet popcorn shop that opened in December 2009 by founders Ashley and Grant Jones. The couple saw a need in the Puget Sound-area marketplace for a gourmet version of this timeless treat that gives choices in flavor, price and occasion. Every handmade batch is held to the highest quality standards, and customers are encouraged to watch the entire cooking process through the on-site kitchen viewing window. Store information and orders are accessible at www.popcornpavilion.com.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Kristen Hamilton
    Duo PR, for Popcorn Pavilion
    kristen@duopr.com
    206-706-0508