A lot has happened in 12 years, and the beauty of life is that we move on. We have to move on from grief or we would never survive. But we don’t forget.
I ran past a ragtag group of people holding thank you signs up on West Side Highway and Christopher Street. Of course I remember 9/11 every year, but seeing this ragtag group in their same position where crowds gathered daily to cheer our responders brought back a visceral set of memories, unbidden tears and a smile. What I remember just as much as the horror is the generosity and kindness that we showed each other in the city, and that the world showed us through volunteers and support. For several weeks New York City became a small town, and the world our state.
I learned today that the area and group is called Point Thank You. I didn’t tell them in 2001 or this morning, but if you stumble across this, thank you for keeping that kind spirit alive.
We are thrilled to announce that we are scooping the celebrated il Laborotorio del Gelato in Pop Karma for the summer!
Laborotorio was founded in our space in 95 Orchard Street before moving up the street a few blocks to its current location at 188 Ludlow. Jean has been a longtime fan of their amazing gelato, and their proprietor, Jon Snyder has been an amazing and kind resource of general knowledge for us. We’ve even kept some of the same equipment — if you come to our store you will see their old refrigerator, coffee equipment, sink and shelving.
Like Pop Karma, creamy Laborotorio gelato is hand-crafted from the finest ingredients. We love it for its intense flavors and creamy consistency.
We are scooping chocolate, fior de latte, strawberry and mango sorbet. We have spots for two more flavors, so let us know which ones you would like!
Malala Yousafzai, courtesy of the New York Times
It’s our Hero of the Year‘s 16th birthday! Those of you that have followed us since the beginning know that Malala Yousafzai has been an inspiration for us since the Taliban forced her into international consciousness by trying to assassinate her for insisting on the right to an education.
We are delighted that she is celebrating her birthday against all odds (being shot point blank in the head) and refuses to be silenced. Just a teenager, she embodies our guiding principles of excellence, responsibility, authenticity and inspiration.
Here she is addressing the United Nations today, which the UN has declared Malala Day. You can see the progress she has made even in the last few months.
We continue to be inspired by her grace and her power, and we thank those of you that helped us contribute to her cause.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Courtesy, Bryant Park Corporation
You know it’s summer in NYC when the free events start. For such an expensive city, there are quite a few amazing cultural things to do for gratis when it’s sweltering out. One of the classics is the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival which kicks off Monday, 6/17. Grab a blanket and cool off with Tootsie. There won’t be any hydrogenated kernels in sight. Instead, we will be there with artisanal popcorn: Classic Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel.
What other freebies are there? Here’s a partial list of our favorites:
- Philharmonic in Central Park
- Movies movies movies
- Shakespeare in the Park
- Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center (you can join the crowds and dance outside the paying section)
- Summerstage concerts
Are we missing anything? Add it in the comments!
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We were listed as one of 16 small businesses on the verge of a breakthrough in a Business Insider article! This was such exciting and surprising news that we almost fell out of our chairs when we found the article.
After 9 months, we feel like word is starting to get out. We are proud of our delicious and health conscious popcorn, we love our wonderful regular customers and we’ve started catering beautiful events. It’s an honor to be included in our customers’ special celebrations like weddings and birthdays, and we are in awe of the global companies that have chosen us for their events and giveaways. Companies like American Express, Theory, Herve Leger, Warby Parker and Cornell University.
We can definitely use a breakthrough or a push, so it would be amazing if you voted for us in the Small Business Breakthrough Contest (prize of $5K and business assistance) and the Staples Push It Forward Contest ($50K in digital marketing assitance, be still our hearts).
One of our Popcorn Artists, Emily, hails from Hawaii. When she first started talking about the Hawaiian popcorn special (Hurricane popcorn) Chef Stephane and I listened very closely. Then we did some research and played around. The final result is our newest seasonal flavor – Kyoto Mix!
One of our seasonal flavors is international. The last stop we made was in India with Masala popcorn, now we have Japanese popcorn! Kyoto Mix is made from seaweed, sesame, brown sugar and miso. It’s a highly umami sweet and savory vegan popcorn which many of our customers describe as addictive. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
What does gourmet popcorn have to do with Earth Day? We choose to use organic popcorn because it is grown without artificial chemicals and fertilizers. When corn is grown conventionally, nitrogen and other chemicals are dumped onto soil to maximize the amount and size of corn. While it initially increases the harvest, over time, these chemicals leach into groundwater and deplete the land so that more and more chemicals are needed for smaller and smaller harvests and the soil is barren. It’s a trade-off. Short term gain for long term poison.
Organic, sustainably grown foods are grown without chemicals and require more skillful stewardship of the land. A farmer needs to be a skilled grower to make sure that they can maximize their harvest while taking care of the land to keep it fertile.
At Pop Karma, we search out the best tasting organic popcorn to make sure that it is grown naturally, to improve the health of our earth and ourselves.
We also reuse and recycle whenever possible, which is why we encourage refills. We are celebrating Mother Earth for a week, so all refills are 20% off from April 22-25. Bring in your Karma Keepers and Karma Tins, or use the code RefillForEarth when you order online!