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Popcorn shop eyes city store

Since opening four years ago, Kernel Coladas has turned from a snack shack – offering burgers, fries and other fast-food fare – to a purely popcorn paradise. With a storefront in Columbia City (120 W. Walker Way; 260-244-3745), Kernel Coladas also sells online ( and gets a large portion of its business from weddings.

Now Kernel Coladas is looking to expand into Fort Wayne.

The popcorn shop is owned by Lindsay Hively, 24, and her business partner – her dad, Gary, both of Columbia City. Hively graduated with her marketing degree last year. She wasn’t even old enough to drink when she opened Kernel Coladas, and now she hopes by the first of the year plans will be under way to open the shop’s second location.

To help her figure out where to locate in Fort Wayne, Hively is setting up a pop-up store at 916 S. Calhoun St. for the Downtown Improvement District’s Last Saturday event on April 28. The pop-up store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Hively says, but because there’s a TinCaps game that night, the store will stay open if customers show up.

The pop-up store will include popcorn tasting and nearly everything in the permanent store: in addition to the regulars such as caramel corn and butter, there will be popcorn such as dill pickle, frosted cinnamon roll, sea turtle (caramel and cocoa), fruitopia (cherry, orange, lemon, green apple, blue raspberry and grape), island green apple and loaded potato … and that’s not even a quarter of the offerings.

Regardless of how the pop-up store succeeds, she wants to open in the city – she’s just trying to figure out a location.

“We get people that pull in off the highway,” she says. “We get people who drive here from Fort Wayne, just for popcorn.”

New lunch offerings

Skully’s Boneyard (415 E. Dupont Road; 637-0198) will start offering a weekday lunch on Monday. The menu will be pulled straight from the bar and grill’s dinner menu, and it will also feature a daily special, general manager Brie Kelly says. Prices will range from $6 to $10 and include items like burgers, wraps, soup and salad and more.

Skully’s, the former Duty’s Uptown Bar and Grill, has been open in its current form since late last year, Kelly says, but it never had an official grand opening. After realizing that Duty’s needed to be updated, the owners closed the bar just after Thanksgiving and opened just before Christmas, updating the atmosphere, décor, menu and name.

Today, Skully’s has an upscale atmosphere with dark burgundy walls and a beautiful stone and wood bar that serves as the restaurant’s center. Off to one side is the martini lounge, featuring beautiful black and deep red chandelier light fixtures, a fireplace and a couch. On the other side is another room that often seats larger parties, Kelly says, and is closer to the stage, where live acts play Wednesday through Saturday nights.

“We are not a biker bar,” Kelly is quick to point out because the name “Skully’s” tends to make some think it is.

Instead, the word is borrowed from one of the owner’s favorite rock stars, Keith Richards. A framed picture of Richards is inside the entrance way. In the image, his fingers are crossed over his face, perfectly showcasing his skull rings. “Boneyard” is a term for archived rock ’n’ roll albums.


The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health reported that Loonie & Silly’s County Bar on New Haven Avenue closed. The phone was disconnected as of Monday afternoon.

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