Stella’s PopKern Gourmet Popcorn opening a Brick and Mortar in Petworth

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4414 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted us. The owner of Stella’s tells me they are shooting for an October 29th grand opening and continue to operate the food truck.

“We use high quality ingredients and offer unique twists on the nostalgic treat. After spending many years in the culinary and high end catering world, I’ve dedicated Stella*s PopKern to producing the most delicious and creative popcorn around (truly!). Our ever evolving menu ranges from traditional mainstays such as Clarified Butter with Brazilian Sea Salt to exotic blends like Spicy Cardamom Sprinkled with Ginger Sea Salt.”

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Now hiring too:

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  • Honestly never had it but that’s a bold move for a retail store to open that only sells popcorn, especially in this area (to me, this screams Georgetown). Wish them the best of luck!

    • justinbc

      Their truck always seems to have a decent crowd when I’ve seen it. When you think about it, how expensive can corn kernels be? They have to be making 98% profit off every bag.

  • A niche store like that in Petworth? Not feeling it (especially when so many restaurants struggle) but best of luck

  • Jerry Grundle

    I’ve never had it either, but I’ve noticed that their truck (or one of them) is out nearly every single day on 17th Street downtown, even when other trucks are scared away by rain or heat or snow.

  • 1. Visited a tasty popcorn store in Savannah- but that’s got tourist trade in the location it was in, and I suspect their rent/SF is much less.
    2. Been a trend for a long time, and I’m old, but its kind of ridiculous that restaurant and retail jobs expect resumes.

    • skj84

      Why is that ridiculous? They want to know experiance just as much as non service jobs. Retail and hospitality are real jobs you know.

      • I’ve worked a lot of retail and hospitality jobs believe me, and made hiring decisions too. Used to be you just filled out an application with your work experience and history. Now even low-wage jobs that don’t require much education expect a bachelors and put you through the dog and pony show that was formerly expected of white collar workers. Constantly tweaking and revising resumes that nobody bothers to take the time to read, essay questions, panel interviews, etc., etc.

        • skj84

          Yeah, over a decade of hospitality and retail here myself. I presently make my living screening resumes. Even if its a white collar worker applying you still need to look at the resume. I want to know if you have applicable skills that can translate over to what the job entails. If anything just to see if you even have job history. I mean what do you expect, people to just roll into the shop and get hired off the street? Don’t need too many bells and whistles on the application process, but it should be there if anything to gather information on who you are hiring.

        • I own a store. I ask for a resume (no applicaton) because it actually weeds out the people that really want the job. If I tell people to send a resume most people don’t even bother and I don’t want someone like that working for me. I don’t care if you have a college degree. I just need someone that can at least put forth the effort to put a resume together.

        • +1. A lot of the upper income folks in this area might be unaware, but the middle class job market and below has changed quite dramatically over the last couple decades. It’s insane.

  • skj84

    I’m so excited! Love Stella’s PopKern, especially their white cheddar cheese. Wishing them all the best in this endevor. Hopefully they can thrive in Petworth.

  • Congrats! Beautiful renovation and a great business. It’ll be nice to have this nearby when we need to buy gifts for people. Support local business!

  • I’m wondering if this facility will be used at least in part as a production facility of sorts. I can’t imagine they’re going to rely on off-the-street foot traffic alone, especially this far north on Georgia. As a proponent of development spreading northward on Georgia, however, I hope they succeed!

    • Yes, I think that’s a good guess. Sort of like Straw, Stick, and Brick. If they relied solely on walk-in, they’d never have lasted this long.

  • This is exciting–it would be great if they offered coffee and a couple of places to sit as well–any word on if that’s in the works?

  • Best popcorn around. I’m a frequent visitor to the truck and order gallon bags at a time. So happy I can get it whenever I want now!!! If you haven’t had Stella’s yet you definitely have to try it out. The clarified butter is my favorite. Also some of the different infusion flavors. My sister loves the Black Truffle.

    • gotryit

      I’d love to be able to stop in to get a bag when I’m having guests over. I’d pay a few dollars more for a nice bag.

  • I believe this has been their production kitchen space for a couple years now, so its makes sense to open it’s doors if they are their anyway.

    • I wish Gordy’s pickles in the 200 block of Upshur would do the same! It’s always seemed odd to me that they’re located in Petworth, but never open for purchases, don’t sell at the local farmer’s market, etc. They don’t make it easy for their neighbors to buy their stuff!

  • They prepared giveaways for a big work event that I had a few years ago. They did a great job. Happy to see they are still going well. Good stuff.

  • “Clarified butter and Himalayan sea salt” is a traditional mainstay?

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