New popcorn and gift store called E.C. Pops opening in Historic Ellicott City

A new shop is "popping" up along Main Street in Old Ellicott City.

Lance Sovine is opening E.C. Pops, a gourmet popcorn and gift store. He moved to the neighborhood a week before the floods hit in July of 2016.

"Just the reaction of the entire community coming together, it was just incredible to see how everyone was working together," he said.

It's that determination to rebuild that made Sovine want to stay and open a store in the tourist town. It was just a matter of what would be in his shop.

"I do remember having fond memories of popcorn with my mom," he said. "She'd shake the pan and me and my brother would get so excited to hear the first pop."

And thus came the idea to open a gourmet popcorn store, which will feature 53 flavors and a mix of savory and sweet.

You'll find pina colada, orange-sicle and Oreo cookies-and-cream-flavored popcorn next to bacon cheddar cheese, pizza and jalapeno-flavored popcorn.

Sovine pops and flavors the popcorn on site and says his team has recipes for more than 250 flavors. He plans to rotate new ones in weekly.

E.C. Pops also has a variety of soda pop and homemade jams. 

And if you're looking for a unique gift, this is the place to visit. Sovine has stocked the shelves with items both kids and adults will enjoy.

"E.C. Pops is really a store for the community, there's something here for everybody," he said.

A grand opening is planned for Saturday April 1 at 10 a.m. The store is located at 8143 Main Street in Ellicott City.

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