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Popcorn Girl serves 60 flavors of gourmet ‘corn

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Popcorn Girl recently opened its second store in Henderson. It was featured on the Food Network in February.
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Henderson residents are in for a treat just in time for the holidays. Popcorn Girl, a Las Vegas candy store stocked with more than 60 flavors of popcorn, has opened a location at the Pebble Market Place near Green Valley Parkway and the Las Vegas Beltway.

The new shop, at 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway, is the second store for owners Laurie Sabol and Mark Smith, who opened the first Popcorn Girl in Summerlin in 2009.

As a Las Vegas native, Sabol said she never had a place to go to get gourmet popcorn.

“The old-timers tell me there was once a popcorn store,” Sabol said. “I thought it would be a fabulous thing for Vegas. It’s a little bit more than bagged popcorn.”

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Popcorn Girl
1000 N. Green Valley Pkwy., 568-0557.
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
8550 West Charleston Blvd., 258-2676.
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
popcorngirlvegas.com

Featured on the Food Network this year, Sabol concocts her secret seasonings and special recipes to create unconventional popcorn flavors such as loaded baked potato, Southwest hot wing, cinnamon toast, mac and cheese, white chocolate peppermint and the most popular: Chicago style, which is a combo of cheese and caramel popcorn. The treat is popped fresh everyday in both locations.

“I just try to come up with really fun recipes,” Sabol said. “People love bacon. Maple bacon was a special last week.”

And she welcomes costumer input. The wing-flavored popcorn recipe was created at a customer’s request.

Along with a crazy assortment of popcorn flavors, the shop offers homemade fudge and sells old-fashioned sweets like candy cigarettes and buttons as well as theater candy.

Guests can have their popcorn packaged in plastic bags or placed in tins decorated with their favorite NFL team or holiday design. Customers who purchase a larger tin receive discounted refills.

Most importantly, Sabol said, her products, which start at $1.50, are affordable.

“We have a price range for every person,” Sabol said. “Chocolate starts at $4.95 and gift items start at $6.99.”

Smith said the Summerlin location saw a huge boost in traffic after the store’s appearance on the Food Network, which was great for the business that advertises primarily by word of mouth. With both locations combined, Popcorn Girl employs about 20 people.

“We had so many customers in Henderson, and I just felt we really needed to be on two sides of town,” Sabol said.

Popcorn girl now ships orders nationwide and accepts phone orders. Free samples are offered to new customers.

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