Donny B's Popcorn and Gourmet Gifts opened recently in Bloomington. The shop features more than 75 flavors of popcorn.

BLOOMINGTON — A trip into a popcorn shop led a nurse to open his own store in Bloomington, offering more than 75 different flavors of popcorn.

“I, like everybody, love popcorn,” said Donny Bounds, owner of Donny B's Gourmet Popcorn and Gifts. “I went into a popcorn shop a year and a half ago in Springfield and thought, 'This looks fun.'”

He opened Donny B's last month at 1220 Towanda Ave., across the street from the Eagle Station post office in a former gas station.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Among the more unusual flavors offered at the store are dill pickle, pina colada, macaroni and cheese, Dr Pepper, PB&J and jalapeno cheddar.

For those who might be hesitant to buy one of the more adventurous flavors or who are simply curious, the shop offers free popcorn samples.

In addition to popcorn, the shop carries bulk candy and “nostalgia” candy, such as candy necklaces, button candy on strips of paper, syrup in wax bottles and candy cigarettes.

“We also have a huge selection of fudge made right here,” said Bounds.

He emphasized that the products use “real ingredients,” such as using real cheese, not cheese flavoring or powder, which is melted to cover cheese popcorn. For caramel corn, they use butter, Mexican vanilla, corn syrup and brown sugar, he said.

Bounds said the shop also specializes in creating individualized gifts for special occasions such as birthdays or new babies. The shop has gift baskets, seasonal tins and sports team themes. They also can print corporate logos on boxes.

Bounds is still engaged in teaching and nursing but said, “I've been in nursing and health care for 30 years and decided to do something a little different.”

He said one of the good things about owning the popcorn shop is “everybody is happy here.”

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