Kernels Popcorn 28 years at Lime Ridge Mall

News Sep 14, 2020 Hamilton Mountain News

Frank and Lori Malavolta are two of the hardest-working people you will ever meet.

For almost 28 years they’ve run the Kernels Popcorn stand on the second floor of Lime Ridge Mall near the top of food court escalator and for nearly two years they’ve been serving ice cream at the nearby Baskin Robbins outlet.

How does one stay in the popcorn business nearly three decades?

“You’ve got to give good service,” said Frank who noted all their popcorn is popped fresh on site. “We try to accommodate our customers, whatever their requests are. We pop all day long.”

The stand with its 16 or so varieties of seasoned popcorn (that change with the season) is usually number one or number two of all Kernels outlets in Canada when it comes to the amount of popcorn made and sold.

During a non-pandemic year, they would make a couple of tons of popcorn “at minimum,” Frank noted. “We probably do 120 to 140 pounds a day.”

Their double hit popcorn (featuring a coating of double butter and creamy caramel) is a Christmastime favourite.

Kernels reopened at the end of June with the rest of the mall after being closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And their regular customers have returned.

A few steps away at Baskin Robbins, which the couple also run, Lori noted they feature 31 flavours of ice cream (including the flavour of the month) along with sundaes and milkshakes.

The shop also has a variety of cakes (including custom orders) that are made on-site that are popular for birthdays and other gatherings and business has picked up since the mall reopened at the end of June.

“It’s busier than I thought it would be,” Lori said. “There’s been lots of support from the community.”

Also popular with children are the creative creatures featuring a scoop of ice cream and decorated with a unicorn’s horn, mermaid’s tail or a monster eyeball with sprinkles and children get to wear a crown.

“It’s fun for the kids,” said Lori, who noted 31 cents from the sale of each creative creature will go to the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton in September and October.

Kernels Popcorn 28 years at Lime Ridge Mall

Lori and Frank Malavolta also run Baskin Robbins

News Sep 14, 2020 Hamilton Mountain News

Frank and Lori Malavolta are two of the hardest-working people you will ever meet.

For almost 28 years they’ve run the Kernels Popcorn stand on the second floor of Lime Ridge Mall near the top of food court escalator and for nearly two years they’ve been serving ice cream at the nearby Baskin Robbins outlet.

How does one stay in the popcorn business nearly three decades?

“You’ve got to give good service,” said Frank who noted all their popcorn is popped fresh on site. “We try to accommodate our customers, whatever their requests are. We pop all day long.”

The stand with its 16 or so varieties of seasoned popcorn (that change with the season) is usually number one or number two of all Kernels outlets in Canada when it comes to the amount of popcorn made and sold.

During a non-pandemic year, they would make a couple of tons of popcorn “at minimum,” Frank noted. “We probably do 120 to 140 pounds a day.”

Their double hit popcorn (featuring a coating of double butter and creamy caramel) is a Christmastime favourite.

Kernels reopened at the end of June with the rest of the mall after being closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And their regular customers have returned.

A few steps away at Baskin Robbins, which the couple also run, Lori noted they feature 31 flavours of ice cream (including the flavour of the month) along with sundaes and milkshakes.

The shop also has a variety of cakes (including custom orders) that are made on-site that are popular for birthdays and other gatherings and business has picked up since the mall reopened at the end of June.

“It’s busier than I thought it would be,” Lori said. “There’s been lots of support from the community.”

Also popular with children are the creative creatures featuring a scoop of ice cream and decorated with a unicorn’s horn, mermaid’s tail or a monster eyeball with sprinkles and children get to wear a crown.

“It’s fun for the kids,” said Lori, who noted 31 cents from the sale of each creative creature will go to the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton in September and October.

Kernels Popcorn 28 years at Lime Ridge Mall

Lori and Frank Malavolta also run Baskin Robbins

News Sep 14, 2020 Hamilton Mountain News

Frank and Lori Malavolta are two of the hardest-working people you will ever meet.

For almost 28 years they’ve run the Kernels Popcorn stand on the second floor of Lime Ridge Mall near the top of food court escalator and for nearly two years they’ve been serving ice cream at the nearby Baskin Robbins outlet.

How does one stay in the popcorn business nearly three decades?

“You’ve got to give good service,” said Frank who noted all their popcorn is popped fresh on site. “We try to accommodate our customers, whatever their requests are. We pop all day long.”

The stand with its 16 or so varieties of seasoned popcorn (that change with the season) is usually number one or number two of all Kernels outlets in Canada when it comes to the amount of popcorn made and sold.

During a non-pandemic year, they would make a couple of tons of popcorn “at minimum,” Frank noted. “We probably do 120 to 140 pounds a day.”

Their double hit popcorn (featuring a coating of double butter and creamy caramel) is a Christmastime favourite.

Kernels reopened at the end of June with the rest of the mall after being closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And their regular customers have returned.

A few steps away at Baskin Robbins, which the couple also run, Lori noted they feature 31 flavours of ice cream (including the flavour of the month) along with sundaes and milkshakes.

The shop also has a variety of cakes (including custom orders) that are made on-site that are popular for birthdays and other gatherings and business has picked up since the mall reopened at the end of June.

“It’s busier than I thought it would be,” Lori said. “There’s been lots of support from the community.”

Also popular with children are the creative creatures featuring a scoop of ice cream and decorated with a unicorn’s horn, mermaid’s tail or a monster eyeball with sprinkles and children get to wear a crown.

“It’s fun for the kids,” said Lori, who noted 31 cents from the sale of each creative creature will go to the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton in September and October.