Popcorn shop owner’s legacy lives on

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A local gourmet popcorn shop opened its doors seven years ago. It was the brainchild of a young entrepreneur and through ups and downs, Poptique has flourished to become a popular stop in Jefferson Pointe. Lindsey Hively lost her battle to cancer a few months ago, but her dream is living on, by paving the way for other young entrepreneurs with the help of her father and employees.

Gary Hively said his daughter has always had entrepreneurial skills and Poptique’s story began right after her freshman year of college.

“She’s always wanted to run businesses. I ended up getting a popcorn popper and we had an empty store front and we decided to start selling popcorn,” said Hively, “Lindsey’s mantra was always go big or go home.”

So, the father and daughter pair opened its first location on May 5, 2008 in Columbia City and it quickly grew.

Father, daughter, Gary and Lindsey Hively pose for a picture.

Poptique offers nearly 20 different flavors of popcorn, including more traditional choices like caramel and cheddar and unique flavors like Dill Pickle, Fruitopia, Buffalo Hot Wing, Birthday Cake and one of the most popular, S’Mores. The shop also offers gift baskets, wedding and baby shower party favors and gift ideas.

“We’re going to proceed with that, trying to carry forward some of the dreams she had in store.”

Lindsey recently lost her battle to cancer. Her life and story has had a lasting impact on her employees and tenants in the Jefferson Pointe community and a few weeks ago, loved ones paid tribute to her at the mall’s Friday Nites Live. Proceeds went to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Poptique also donated part of its profits as well as helping to sponsor scholarships in her honor.

Poptique is located at 120 W Walker Way in Columbia City and at Jefferson Pointe in Fort Wayne.

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