Hand crafting 40-50 gourmet popcorn flavors in small batches and dishing up 24 flavors of hand scooped super-premium ice cream, Almost Famous creates “Moments that Pop” – which like Cedar Rapids’ fifth season – is the time you get to sit back, relax and enjoy your friends and family.
The Almost Famous story starts in the fall of 2012, with two young entreprenuers and a family’s desire to teach them about running a business. Carter (age 10) started with CR Popcorn, a small popcorn stand in the NewBo City Market. His sister Sydney (age 14) had an adjoining stand selling ice cream, The Chill. In 2014, the businesses “popped” out of the market moving across the street to their current location in the historic Jacobs building. In eight short years, their dreams and hard work turned Almost Famous into a nationally recognized leader in gourmet popcorn.
Everybody asks – Why “Almost Famous”? In 2017, they were recognized as one of the Top 5 Popcorn Shops in the Country by travel authority Orbitz, along with the very famous Chicago popcorn shop Garrett’s. In 2018, the business chose to re-brand and position itself for growth. Almost Famous seemed like a logical choice – they were as good as the famous guys – just not as famous…yet.
Stop by and see Almost Famous Popcorn while you are in Cedar Rapids. The staff is proud of our city and eager to give you recommendations on their favorite places to go and things to do. When you return home, make them “Actually Famous” by sharing some popcorn with your friends.
"This is the place that Cedar Rapids goes for sweet treats and good times."
Almost Famous Popcorn
1121 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401