Giveaways

District Club Giveaway

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This month, The District Club is featuring Popcorn Queens’ gourmet caramel popcorn in their March Box.  To celebrate, we are giving away a 3-month subscription to the club!  To enter, simply join our mailing list via the form below.

The District Club is a subscription-based service that allows members in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to sample a variety of treats from local, small businesses.  Each month they send a curated box filled with samples from the finest local vendors.

This month, for example, the box will contain Popcorn Queens’ popcorn.  Next month, who knows what DC made treat will arrive!  One thing we know is what it will be delicious!

So what are you waiting for?  Fill out the form below by 8pm est on March 8th and The District Club Boxes could arrive at YOUR door for the next 3 months.

 

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Find Us in the DMV

Union Kitchen Grocery

Union Kitchen Grocery has opened its doors at 538 3rd St. NE.  Nestled in Capitol Hill and just steps away from the popular H st. corridor, UK Grocery is the go-to spot for all things made in DC.  The store features products from more than 50 Union Kitchen Members and Alumni including Popcorn Queens’ Junior Bags.  You can also find everyday essentials and delicious breakfast and lunch options at the Grocery which is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On July 21st, Popcorn Queens hosted a demo at the store.  It was an opportunity for patrons to taste a few of the flavors available for purchase.  Scroll to check out a few photos from the demo.  Also, check out the article from Heard on the Hill HERE. They give a thorough review of the sandwiches available at the store.  We hope you’ll swing by to support UKG as well as our product.  When you grab some popcorn, try the Italian Cold Cut Sandwich and thank us later. 🙂

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Find Us in the DMV

The Beach @ The Building Museum

Last year it was a maze this year it’s a beach.
Washington, DC’s Building Museum has pulled out all the stops for their summertime tourist attractions in the past and this year is no different. “The Beach” is a public art installation in the museum’s main floor that includes a carpeted deck and the best part: a wading pool made of 1 million clear, recyclable balls.
The idea of “swimming” in balls (a la Chuckie Cheese) may have already sold you but there’s more. Union Kitchen, our shared incubator where our popcorn is produced, was tapped to run the snack bar. So not only do you get to act like a beach goer, you get to eat like one too!  Our popcorn is one of the many local, tasty treats on the menu so when you check out this fab exhibit, we hope you’ll support us.
The pictures you see here are courtesy of Washingtonian.com and you can check out their write up on “The Beach” HERE. We’ve also copied the dates and times for the exhibit below. Enjoy!
 
The exhibit opens July 4 and runs through September 7; open 10 AM to 7 PM Monday to Saturday, and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission $5-16.

 

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DC Ladies’ “Pupcorn Bar”

When the DC Ladies asked if we’d be willing to provide popcorn for their “PAWTY” to celebrate their latest doggie adoption, we said “Sure!” My Mom and I are big time dog lovers so we couldn’t resist their idea of a “Pupcorn Bar.” It all sounded adorable and last week, when the pictures started rolling in, we were amazed at just how adorable it all was. These ladies went above and beyond for this fantastic event!
Besides “pup corn” the Ladies created a mini (hot) dog bar and doggie (rice Krispy) treats. Then there was the decor. The colorful, tasteful touches, we are sure, were enjoyed by both doggies and ladies alike.
We invite you to get inspired by the amazing images of the event brought to us by Lissa Ryan Photography. And do venture over to the DC Ladies’ web post where you’ll find even more “pawty” pics as well as useful tips and info about pet adoption.
ALL VENDORS
Venue: The DC Ladies
Styling: Shelley of The DC Ladies
Florals: Eight Tree Street
Caterer & Signage: Heirloom Catering & Event Design
Pupcorn: The Popcorn Queens
Puppy Confections: Dogma Bakery
Hair: -StyleMeBar-
Makeup: Izzy B Makeup
Rentals: Party Plus Tents & Events
Dresses and accessories: Undeniable Boutique
Dog toys and accessories and treats: Dogma
Welcome Bag Dogma & RestoraPet
Calligraphy: Heirloom Catering & Event Design
Invite Suite & Signage: Little Bit Heart
Jobs

We’re Hiring!

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The Popcorn Queens are looking for one motivated, outgoing, hard-working individual to assist us during the upcoming farmer’s market season where we will be vending in various locations in the DC metro area.  

 

Job Title: Sales Assistant

Job Details and Requirements

The Ideal Candidate Must:

  • Have a car
  • Be able to travel to markets in MD (Baltimore, White Oak) and DC (Southeast)
  • Pick-up and drop-off products and vending materials
  • Set up tent and table
  • Sell popcorn products
  • Handle cash and process credit/debit card transactions
  • Be punctual with pick-up and set-up of products and vending materials
  • Have a pleasant disposition and outgoing nature. (The sales assist. will need to entice customers to the table for tasting and not just wait for customers to come to them)

Pay: $10 an hour + bonuses for reaching sales goals

Commitment: May-August, 20 hrs. per week + opportunities to work larger, weekend vending events

Contact: To set up a phone interview, please send an email to info@popcornqueens.com briefly explaining why you’re the right person for the job.

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What’s Poppin’ in April

The month of April is going to be super busy for The Queens!  But with this lineup of events, we are definitely not complaining.  Grab those calendars and plan to join us at one, if not all, of these fantastic events.

April 11th — Drink the District Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival

Another day, another wine tasting event!  Except this one is an outdoor festival to celebrate the arrival of the Cherry Blossoms.  Enjoy unlimited wine and beer samples as well as food from DC’s best trucks and vendors items like us.

Drink the District events do sell out so click HERE to grab your tickets!

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April 18th & 19th — The Emporiyum Food Marketplace

Baltimore! We’re headed your way for Emporiyum.  It’s a two day tasting and shopping event fit for true #Foodies  With two dates to choose from and tickets as low as $15, you have no reason not to join us. PLUS! You can save $5 when you enter code “HARBOREAST” (Code expires Sat. 3/28 @ midnight) Click HERE to buy tickets.

 

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April 25th — Broccoli City Festival

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than with an Erykah Badu concert.  So meet us at the Gateway DC Pavilion in Southeast for food, fun, good music and great vibes! This event is also likely to sell out so grab your TICKETS asap.

 

April 25th — Coach & Pandora Bingo 

We’ll also be spending the last Saturday in April at the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge for Bingo night where every prize is a Coach or Pandora item.  Our table will be filled with popcorn for snacking or for stocking up.  Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Seasonal Gifting

New on Nicely

We are absolutely thrilled to announce our latest and greatest partnership.  As of this week, Popcorn Queens’ popcorn is available for purchase on Nicely, a website and mobile app that makes local gift-giving simple and fun.

If you’re in the DC metro area and need to do some gifting, check out Nicely!  Not only are 3 of our delicious flavors available for purchase, but there are several other LOCAL, DELICIOUS treats for you to choose from as well.  (i.e. the Cajun Meets Asian pecans and chocolate covered goodness from Capital Candy Jar — YUM!)

It has been a pleasure getting to know and work with Nicely CEO Whitney.  We hope you’ll support not one, but two women-owned businesses by sending out some Nicely gifts this season!

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Popcorn Queens’ CEO April w/ Nicely CEO Whitney

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Virginia is for Wine Lovers

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They say you can tell it’s a party when one of two things happen: the smoke/fire alarm goes off or something gets broken. Well, if this is true then the Virginia Wine Expo was DEFINITELY a party!

Day one of the expo, we set up the Popcorn Queens booth not knowing what to expect.  Sales were slow at first but at about 2pm, popcorn began to fly off the table. Right in the midst of this busy time, the fire alarm went off not once but twice. It was a false alarm (thank goodness) but many of the attendees were not affected and we wondered if a little fire would have even stopped this party.

In addition to alarms, we’d hear loud cheers about every 20-30 minutes. We finally asked why people were cheering and someone told us it’s what happens when someone breaks their wine glass. Well, as we inched toward the end of the day, we heard a lot more glasses breaking and ALOT more cheering.

By the end of day one, we were pretty beat and even though we’d sold a lot of popcorn, we were a little sad that we didn’t get to wine taste or shop as much. So that was the plan for day two. Here are some highlights from some of our favorite vendors:

Peaks of Otter Winery table was by far the most fun.  Their tasting involved two young guys pouring unique, fruity wines. This was followed by their spicy wines like the Chili Dawg that involved cheese wiz and then the “Kiss the Devil” Chili Pepper Wine that was so hot that you received a chaser and a sticker if you survived. We took home the Light Pear White Wine and the “Salty Frog” Margarita Cocktail.

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Potomac Point Winery was our next door neighbor. Whenever we both had a moment, they shared their goods. In fact, at the end of the day they gave us a beautiful bottle of red for a couple bags of popcorn. Lucky us!

The other bottles that I brought home were from Davis Valley Winery and Vineyard. I got a nice white for Mama Popcorn Queen and their Chambourcin for myself. It has a dark cherry finish which is divine!

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Lastly, I knew I couldn’t come home without at least one wine accessory and when I stumbled upon Posh Paint, I knew I’d found the right place. I ended up purchasing beautiful tumblers and wine glasses with a hand painted blue crabs for my house by the Chesapeake Bay. Edie Oswald really does do fantastic work and I know this won’t be the last that I buy from her. She expressed interest in painting the Popcorn Queens’ logo on a glass and I plan to hold her to it!

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So that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed reading about our wine expo experience. It really is true that Virginia is for Wine Lovers (And Popcorn Lovers).  Needless to say, we’ll be back next year!

Seasonal Gifting

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Say it with Popcorn this Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re shopping for a sweetheart or looking for fun treats for friends and family, you cannot go wrong with gourmet popcorn and we have great gifts this season:

First there’s our Chocolate Lover’s Popcorn Basket that includes popcorn and chocolate truffles by Mary O’Malley Chocolatier.  Our other seasonal gift is our Valentine’s Take-Out Box.  At $6 each, we say buy a bunch and spread the love around work, school, you name it!
This year, we invite you to shop early!  Place your order by Friday, February 7th at midnight and enjoy 15% off.  Enter code “love” at checkout.
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Edible DC Feature

Just when we thought we’d shared all of the marvelous press we’ve received so far this year, another post came our way!  EdibleDC.com, one of my favorite foodie sites, did a short piece on local food artisans within Union Kitchen and featured The Queens!  Edible DC is a quarterly magazine and website whose mission is to “nourish, support, educate and celebrate the growing local food community within and surrounding Washington, D.C,”  We are thrilled to be mentioned on this site and similar to the BISNOW piece, we were excited to learn that our story stood out among so many great stories in Union Kitchen.

And speaking of UK, their tasting was certainly a good look for us because after meeting the amazing people they invited, we seem to be poppin up all over the web!  Shoutout to the UK admin team and Edible DC writer (and fellow English teacher) Rhea Yablon Kennedy for spreading the word about our biz.

Click HERE to read the article.

 Post by April Wardlaw – CEO and Co-Founder of Popcorn Queens