Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn in Toledo celebrates one-year anniversary
By Matthew Kent- Rachel Marciniak-Matthews recently celebrated a major milestone and is looking forward to continued success with her Toledo-based business.
Rachel, who owns Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn, opened the business a year ago Oct. 19 and said things are continuing to go well.
“We’ve grown quite a bit and we’ve doubled machines,” Rachel said.
She has also been able to expand in the greater Toledo area and offers beer popcorn made from craft beer from the Maumee Bay Brewing Co. She added that the brewery could serve the popcorn on-site, although details are still being discussed.
Among the best selling-popcorn sold at Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn includes the Buckeye, peanut butter and chocolate on top of caramel, but other selections have also proved to be popular this fall.
“Right now, since it’s that time of year, popcorn is going crazy,” Rachel said. “The dill pickle is ridiculous in how good that is and the bacon caramel corn is also a big one.”
The business will also take corporate orders for the upcoming holiday season and Rachel said she suggests getting in orders as early as possible, adding that she handles all shipping orders as well.
“Last Christmas was a learning experience for sure,” she said. “This Christmas, we’ll have more people to help, I’ll be hiring more people, so it should go a lot smoother than last Christmas and we’re going to try have a gift box with all Toledo products and that way, you can pick and choose which products you want to send to your loved one.”
However, Rachel said she has discovered that people are choosing different types of popcorn rather than the traditional kinds. Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn offers over 30 different varieties, including Christmas Corn, which is dark mint chocolate on top of caramel with peppermint that will be available during the first week of November.
Show your support for local businesses! Call Rachel at 419-318-0800; visit Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn at 5307 Monroe St., Toledo; visit the website at http://www.rachelmichaelspopcorn.com.