Open Your Own Store





Thank you for taking the first step to opening your popcorn business by contacting Popculture Gourmet Popcorn "PGP" for training and consulting services for your new store. We’re glad you’re interested in what we do and we are excited to help fulfill your dreams of owning your own business. PGP has a reputation in Kansas City of delivering the finest quality popcorn using only the best ingredients. Our popcorn is made from real cheeses, made-from-scratch caramel, and delicious candy-coated popcorn. We strive for the best quality and are continually creating new flavors and processes to make our product the best. Our in-store, hands-on training is conducted in our very own kitchen, in Parkville, Mo. At PGP you will learn not only how to make our very own successful recipes - but also how to start your business from the ground-up. 

Customer service is our top priority and what makes us stand apart from competitors.

Our training and consulting program will allow you to offer customers more than great ice cream and the handcrafted popcorn they love. From custom store design to robust ongoing support, our training and consulting will allow you to immerse every customer in the full gourmet popcorn and ice cream experience. 


  • Creating an experience that exceeds customer’s expectations.
  • Offer the hand-crafted gourmet popcorn recipes that customers know and love.
  • Offer high quality, great-tasting recipes that create lasting customer relationships and increase average ticket sizes
  • Take advantage of continuous product and operation innovation

What’s included:

  • Store design and consultation
  • PGP menu, equipment recommendation, training and support
  • Seasonal promotions
  • Proprietary recipes
  • Exclusive list of vendors and suppliers nationally and based on your region.
  • Ongoing expertise, consulting and support including onsite visits
Start Up Costs

It’s important to know the initial investment required to open a store, as this may be a determining factor as to whether this is the right business for you. Several factors make up the initial investment of opening a gourmet popcorn and candy store. Below is an estimate of what you can expect:



Estimated Cost*

Training & License

$7,500 + 6% Royalty on Sales

Cooking Equipment*

$10,000 - $30,000

Kitchen Supplies*

$1,500 - $4,000

Retail Area Fixtures & Supplies*

$3,000 - $10,000

Tenant Finish*

$5,000 - $50,000

Opening Inventory*

$7,500 - $12,500

Total Estimated Investment*

$34,500 - $121,500


Why Popculture Gourmet Popcorn?

There is no charge to talk with us about general questions you have on opening a popcorn business by email, telephone, or by visiting our stores. Our in-store, hands-on training is conducted in our flagship store located in Parkville, MO! Training requirements and time include 4 days in Parkville and 2 days in your store once you’re ready to open.  However, we are with you through the entire process including after your store opens via phone, email, text and video conference. We will not let you fail!  

We’ll teach your how to maximize your profits, assemble gift tins, and display merchandise. You’ll even learn how to offer your customer’s the most for their money and how to provide a great customer experience. Point of Sale training, website ordering, and wholesale options are available too.

You will own your own gourmet popcorn shop, but it will carry the Popculture Gourmet Popcorn name and brand for a 5% royalty on sales. With PGP, there are no huge franchise fees or 20% royalty on sales that will hurt you in the long run. We want to see you succeed and want true partners to help grow the PGP brand by providing a great product, customer service and experience for our customers. 

What is covered in training?

You’ll be taught popping techniques, how to create made-from-scratch caramels, delicious savory flavors and of course, our fun candied popcorn options.  You’ll receive: 

  • A custom-made recipe book with over 70 delicious gourmet popcorn recipes
  • Access to all vendor lists and ingredient suppliers
  • Product knowledge and shelf life
  • Consultation on site selection and store set up
  • Point of Sale Training
  • Product pricing & menu review
  • Gift Tin packaging and pricing
  • Access to all store templates (menus, order sheets, label design, etc.)
  • Shipping and online ordering review
  • Popcorn equipment consultation
  • Practice helping customers, processing payments on the store register, and managing the day to day operations of the store
  • Assistance placing your equipment orders
  • Assistance placing your product and inventory orders



PGP has been owned and operated by Channing & Stephanie Doss since 2017. Channing is a native of Arkansas and Stephanie is a native of Nebraska. Channing holds a bacholors degree from the University of Central Arkansas while Stephanie holds degrees from the University of Nebraksa - Lincoln as well as a law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. We met in Dallas and relocated back to Kansas City in 2010 after our first child. We have 3 beautiful daughters and nothing is more important to us than our family. We decided to open PGP due to the lack of a true gourmet offering in the Kansas City metro area. Two years later and we haven't looked back on our decision. PGP is everything we ever thought it could be for both our family & community. We know that we can help you create a successful gourmet popcorn shop with our training and just have to bring the work ethic. 





Around the corner into Suite 106 (Next to Nick & Jakes). Stop in today and try some free samples!

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