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It has not taken long for gourmet popcorn store Savory Kernels to pop up in a second location.

The company sprang into business at the end of October when it opened its doors upstairs from Pic a Pet, on Queen Street.

Now residents in the east can get their hands on some of more than 70 flavours of popcorn the business sells, after Savory Kernels opened a branch just off King's Square at the beginning of the year.

The shop in St George has been doing a roaring trade since it opened.

“It has been going great. Many times it is busier than the Hamilton store,” said Kamiliah Hassell, operations manager.

The St George shop is on Bridge Street, two doors away from Yo Cherry. It is open seven days a week, whereas the Hamilton store is closed on Sundays.

At both locations there are ten flavours available each week, with the flavours switching over every Saturday.

Among the favourites are salt and vinegar, coconut and a variety of caramels.

Ms Hassell said: “We change all the flavours to get people to try different things. Bermudians don't want to stay in the same box, so we keep rotating the flavours.

“We keep a ‘clean' flavour, some of the caramels and toffee flavours, and a spicy flavour.”

Customers who are still craving a new experience are in luck, because Savory Kernels has yet to make available all of its extensive range of flavours.

“There are still flavours that we have not put out. We keep bringing some of the flavours back to satisfy the customers.”

The opening of the St George branch has increased the number of flavours available each week, as the two shops aim to have a few choices that are not on sale at the other location. Customers are kept informed of the available flavours through posts on the Savory Kernels Facebook page.

This week's choices in Hamilton include cola, spicy buffalo and buttery, while St George has, among others, lemonade, sea salt and cracked pepper, and a mystery savoury flavour.

Savory Kernels has attracted a wide mixture of customers, although most tend to be picking up their favourite popcorn flavours as they head to the movies, while others simply want a snack to eat.

“We knew that Bermudians liked popcorn, and that some people can't make popcorn in their house,” said Ms Hassell.

The business is co-owned by Wolette Smith and her son Deshun Simmons, and it has enjoyed a successful first three months.

“It has been very busy. We are looking forward to our first summer, and we are hoping to get into the America's Cup,” said Ms Hassell.

The Savory Kernel Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/savorykernels/

Expanding enterprise: Kelee Burgess is ready to greet customers at Savory Kernels' second popcorn shop. The business, which opened in Hamilton at the end of October, is now also serving customers in St George after opening a shop in Bridge Street (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Plenty of choices: Kelee Burgess is ready to greet customers at Savory Kernels' second popcorn shop. The business, which opened in Hamilton at the end of October, is now also serving customers in St George after opening a shop in Bridge Street (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published February 03, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 02, 2017 at 11:08 pm)

Gourmet popcorn store opens second outlet

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