Lacon entrepreneur finds passion in latest business adventure

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For Richard Williams, work isn’t your typical 9-5 desk job.

“If I make a mistake, usually they’re happy mistakes and you end up with a delicious flavor that we didn’t even mean to have,” Williams said.

He is one of Lacon’s newest entrepreneurs as the owner of The Popcorn Shoppe.

“I didn’t want to work for anyone anymore,” he said. “So I was able to get equipment and I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot!’”

Six days a week you’ll find him popping up batch after batch of popcorn.

Williams and his girlfriend of one year, Carrie Neff, dove head first into the business realm. The two Central Illinois natives moved to Lacon last summer and by December opened up shop.

From traditional flavors to some of the weirdest, you’ll find an array of options at The Popcorn Shoppe.

“Like the roast beef. I have biscuits and gravy. Lemon meringue pie,” Williams said.

The 210 popcorn picks come with eager customer tastebuds.

“We love talking to the customers. We have some characters that come in here. And we love them to death,” he said.

But Williams credits Neff and his family, especially his mother Mary, for making his dream a reality.

The Popcorn Shoppe has also launched a dog friendly and vet-approved popcorn. A portion of those proceeds go to The Ark no-kill animal shelter. 

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