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Tracy & Alphonzo BROWN

Owners Poppin Flavors Gourmet Popcorn poppinflavors . com
Husband and wife Tracy and Alphonzo Brown are a lesson in the art of perseverance . When Alphonzo lost much of his eyesight due to health issues and had to leave his job in IT , the couple went to work creating a business of their own to aid in the next chapter of life . After looking at popcorn franchises , they soon discovered there wasn ’ t one that fit with what they were trying to accomplish . They also were turned down by a company that wasn ’ t a franchise – but that didn ’ t stop the dynamic duo . Tracy and Alphonzo taught themselves to make popcorn in the midst of the COVID pandemic , altering their business model on the fly and adapting as needed along the way . They credit their faith in God and ability to think outside of the ( popcorn ) box for their success , along with the community support of their popping business . Today , they ’ re known for carrying more than 40 unique popcorn flavors , from savory to sweet to spicy , like Maple Bacon Bourbon to Cookies and Cream to Buffalo Breath -- and a host of other distinctive flavors ( including Golden Butter ). You ’ re sure to find flavors you love , but once you get the chance to meet them , the Browns will be your favorite reason to frequent Poppin Flavors .