Christopher Sumner, owner of Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn located in the small, scenic and thriving community of downtown Elgin IL. Is what most would consider a modest family owned and operated business. Inspired by many as a native son, to Elgin Christopher’s love and sense of community grew over the years. It is also here where he found the love of his life and soul mate, his lovely wife Ashely who works alongside him.
Blessed with a strong entrepreneurial spirit a burning desire to give back to the community he so loves. Finally the vision was received to give love back to the community in handfuls at a time. How??? In the form of his mother’s homemade caramel popcorn recipe, he remembers as a kid, all the wonderful feelings that came with being alongside his mother in kitchen preparing the sweet smelling, delicious tasting popcorn. He remembers the warm nurturing look only a mother can give as she drew from the excitement and anticipation in his face. Mostly he remembers her adoring, patient, measured smile and how it made him light up inside and feel tremendously loved. Ohhhhh!!! The taste, He can still literally “Taste the Love” hence the slogan. Inquisitive by nature and looking to push the boundaries in (Poptastic Culination) after he mastered his mother’s recipe, he began to explore and combine flavors that would explode in your mouth and give your taste buds a run for their money.
Today with over 40 flavors and counting Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn hand selects and rotates signature flavors weekly to keep the masses intrigued. At our location you’ll find an atmosphere that is much different from any other gourmet popcorn shop. Here you’ll always be greeted by someone who is friendly and excited to see you and who will always remind you to have a “Poptastic day!” We not only want you to “Taste the Love” we want you to feel the love.
Here at Mama Lee’s Gourment Popcorn our popcorn is popped and made fresh daily on site. Why??? Because we love to see you smile and there’s nothing like the smell of freshly popped popcorn to awaken the senses and bring a smile to one’s face. Our philosophy is simple (A warm smile and kind word, can go a long way towards helping someone have a “Poptastic” day! We want to see your smile, so expect a kind word, a friendly jester and free samples as just a few ways to bring a smile to your face.
When you stop by to visit, think of Mama Lee’s as your home away from home. Have a cool drink, enjoy some free samples, hang out, relax, let’s talk awhile. We like to think of ourselves as an extension of your family. So whether it’s individual customized orders, weddings, baby shower, party favors, Bulk or corporate orders we want to be there to share in the moment and we go above and beyond to make every encounter, every experience, every taste, a “Poptastic” one. Come “Taste the Love.”