Owners, Gregg & Helen Norris live in Rushsylvania, and are born, and raised Logan County residents. They have two awesome sons, both married to equally awesome gals, and one amazing granddaughter who is the light of their lives. (Yes, only one, but that had BETTER be changing quickly!) You may see her here on the website and at events with us, usually near the kettle cheering her Papa on as he stirs the kettle and stuffing corn in her mouth just as fast as she can.
We hand craft Olde Fashioned Kettle Corn & gourmet popcorn weekly at permanent locations in Kenton, Piqua & Lima, are looking for locations Marysville & other surrounding areas. Additionally you will find us at various festivals and events in the area. We use Ohio grown corn & the finest ingredients available.
How it all began
Gregg has long looked through the classified ads, usually for no reason other than "just looking for something to find" as he always says, Helen is a life long kettle corn junkie. One nite, while reading the ads online Gregg found a kettle for sale and jokingly suggested they buy it so Helen could have her Kettle Corn fix any time she wanted.
That began a discussion and after several months of research on equipment and the business in general they were attracting attention all over town cooking their first batch of Olde Fashioned Kettle Corn in their front yard. That was just in the fall of 2016 and they have not looked back! The reception and comments on their corn has been nothing short of phenomenal.
From the first day came request after request for various flavors like a gourmet store would offer. After some research and a lot of trial and error, they offered the first "gourmet" flavor, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. “The popularity of our Brown Sugar, Cinnamon just amazes me,” says Gregg, “we even have people put this in a bowl with milk and eat it as breakfast cereal!” The Olde Fashioned Kettle Corn is always their best seller, and Caramel is very popular at number 2, with Brown Sugar & Cinnamon closely competing with Caramel. Now we have 24 flavors available and are constantly looking for new recipes to entice the palate.
Charlie's Kettle Corn began as a typical kettle corn vendor like the ones you see at many fairs and festivals, except we began setting up in different parking lots in different towns each day. They are always looking for new locations.
So, where does the name “Charlie's” come from?
That's a closely guarded family secret!
No, seriously, Gregg began calling Helen, "Charlie" just a couple of years ago when they were dating, neither of them seems to remember what started it but it has stuck and today he rarely calls her anything else. But note, Gregg is the only one she hears the name from. When someone calls her Charlie face to face she generally tells them politely that is not the name for them to use but only for Gregg, if in a crowd someone trying to get her attention it is doubtful she even will hear them.