Cool Bliss Popped Bliss (CBPB) Popcorn Shop, a unique popcorn and treat shop located at 1506 S. Neil Street, opened its doors in the summer of 2009 with the intent to provide “something good” for Champaign, which didn’t have a popcorn and treat shop at the time.
Nearly 15 years later, owners Alven Allison, Isis Griffin and Ajza Allison still love to dish up salty and sweet snacks to their happy customers.
The team recently talked with Chambanamoms, as part of our series about women-owned businesses in our community, about the ups and down of running a small business and what they hope to achieve down the road.
What do you sell at CBPB shop?
At CBPB popcorn shop we sell 18 flavors of popcorn, caramel apples, jumbo turtles and other chocolate covered treats, shaved ice and ice cream.
What do you enjoy most about running this business?
What we enjoy the most at CBPB is making people smile when they get our product.
What’s been your biggest challenge(s)?
Finding dependable employees that care as much about the business and customers as we do has been the biggest challenge so far.
It’s quite an accomplishment to run a successful small business — to what do you attribute your success?
What we attribute to our success as a small business is being able to maintain consistently high- quality products for over 10 years and being able to navigate and survive the hardships that force most businesses to close.
What are your future goals?
Our future goals are to expand CBPB regionally and then nationally.
What’s your favorite part about living in this community?
What I love about Champaign is that different businesses are able to grow.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We want to thank our customers for being so supportive of us throughout the years and hard times.