Brian Mosby started Mosby’s Popcorn after considering a restaurant startup. Now his product is on the shelves at Bridge Street Market. Courtesy Mosby's Popcorn
A local product has made its way onto the shelf of the newly opened Bridge Street Market in Grand Rapids.
Meijer’s West Side grocery store opened Aug. 29, and it now sells Mosby’s Popcorn. The startup business began selling popcorn in November 2015 at its Kentwood location.
Less than three years later, Mosby’s Popcorn can be purchased at one of the nation’s largest retailers.
“We do have a very good team of merchants who always try to source products locally,” a spokesperson for Meijer said.
Similar to other popcorn brands such as Cracker Jack, Act II and Pop Secret, Mosby’s Popcorn, which is owned by Brian Mosby and his wife Shavyea, has many different flavors.
“We have over 120 different flavors,” Brian Mosby said. “We have beer cheese on the shelf at Meijer. It is hard to say which one is most popular, but I would say either French toast kettle or our chi-mix popcorn.”
Mosby said he was working with Michigan State University Extension’s Good Food, Smart Budget program when he was encouraged in April to pitch his product to Meijer representatives. According to the Meijer spokesperson, that was just one part of a long and detailed process of getting the item on the shelf.
“It was a surprise to us,” Mosby said. “We then started getting the ingredients on the bag, barcodes and all the other fun stuff that people don’t think about.”
He said he raised $50,000 of his own money to open the shop.
Along with his popcorn shop, Mosby is the owner of several other businesses, including Ultimate Gaming Bus, Bouncing Palace and Royalty Commercial Cleaning Inc. Some of Mosby’s family members own other popcorn shops across the country.
When Mosby decided he wanted to open another business, he said he initially wanted to open a restaurant, but he was convinced to open a popcorn shop instead.
“I was looking for something that was more sustainable, not seasonal,” Mosby said. “I was making money five months out of the year, and I still have seven months to live. So I wanted to open up a restaurant because, at the time, there wasn’t a big boom of restaurants popping up around Grand Rapids, but my cousin was pretty persistent with opening up a popcorn shop saying, ‘It would soon take off and create its own identity,’ and he was right.”