Just Pop In! owners Mandy Selke and Carly Swift have been interviewed loads of times by local media outlets since opening their popcorn shop in 2003.
It’s easy to see why: The 45-year-old fashionista twins, mothers, and business mavens have bubbly personalities. And of course, they’re impossibly peppy about popcorn. They quite literally live it—and choose to eat it even when they’re not working in one of their two locations—but they aren’t just about kernels and flavorings.
So we set out to learn more about Selke and Swift, and asked them some questions they don’t typically get in interviews (along with some pretty regular questions).
What’s the weirdest thing in your purse right now?
Mandy: Invisible ink. Well, see, when you have kids and they’re tricksters, you have to be prepared.
Carly: I just scurried over to my sister’s house and I left my purse and I’m not sure where it is, so the weirdest thing is not knowing where my purse is right now. (Laughs)
Do you subscribe to any bizarre monthly subscriptions?
Mandy: It seems like it’s just all about the kids. I wish I had more subscriptions that were cool. At my house right now, it’s Japanese crates, Japanese candy, and Japanese art. That’s the only subscription.
Carly: I don’t anymore, because kids became a priority, gosh darnit. If I’m ordering from Amazon, I’m ordering Dr. Teal’s bath salts in bulk. It’s one thing I do get from Amazon often when I’m too lazy to go to Target.
What’s your earliest memory of popcorn?
Mandy: Popping popcorn on the stove with our grandpa. He would pop popcorn in bacon fat or whatever was leftover. We were like, 4 or 5.
What’s the worst flavor you’VE created?
Carly: Oh, yeah, that’s an easy one. We partnered with IndyCar and they wanted it to be called “Burnt Rubber.” It ended up tasting like licorice.
Mandy: That one went to the wayside. (More laughs)
What trait or talent would you steal from the other one?
Carly: Lordy, lordy, lordy. There’s so many things. I would say Mandy’s free spirit of fashion. She’s always broken the barriers and I’ve always been a little more classically dressed.
Mandy: I wish I could steal my sister’s Christmas spirit.
What habit or trait would you change about the other one?
Carly: I would say my sister’s very stubborn.
Mandy: I would say my sister can be wound tightly.
Carly: That’s not true!
If your life were a musical, what WOULD the name of it be?
Mandy: “What Would the Twins Do Next?” My daughter, she’s friendly with the staff at Just Pop In! and whenever she comes to work, she’s always like, ‘“Ooh, what would the twins do next??”
Carly: You never know what we’re doing next, for sure.
What’s the most annoying twin question you’RE constantly asked?
Mandy: “Are you guys twins?” I think the most annoying one we got one time was, “Who’s the mother and who’s the daughter?”
Carly: And we both yelled, “Don’t tell us who you think the mother is!” Good thing we have a sense of humor because, hell to the no. Wait, I just want to go back to the fact that the one trait that Mandy likes about me is that I have Christmas spirit.
“‘Are you guys twins?’ I think the most annoying one…”
Speaking of annoying twin questions, have you ever pulled a Parent Trap or any crazy antics/tricks on anyone?
Mandy: Oh gosh, yes.
Carly: On anyone and everyone.
Mandy: We would always try to switch on our boyfriends, but they always knew.
You are very much part of the buy-and-eat-local movement. What are youR favorite places to buy and eat local?
Carly: Everything. Of course Ambre Blends. Really everything we do, everything we eat is locally driven.
Mandy: We’re popcorn, but our kernels are from Indiana. We just love supporting our local friends. Sun King, Smoking Goose.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Carly: Mine is between “Stand Back” Steve Nicks, and “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston.
Mandy: I always love “Hella Good” by No Doubt and Gwen Stefani. We sing loud and proud but I don’t know if it’s good.
What’s next for you?
Mandy: We’re embarking on more of a manufacturing co-packaging. We’ll still have our boutique-style environment, but we just earned an international agreement with Omni Hotels and Resorts. They have a program called, “Say Goodnight to Hunger,” and it’s so in line with our philanthropic goals. Part of the proceeds will be donated to that program. It’ll be part of the status upon check-in and will also be part of turndown service.
If you weren’t in popcorn, is there another snack you’d want to make?
Carly: We love popcorn so much, I can’t imagine it being anything else.
Mandy: It will always be popcorn for us.
Scratch that, if you didn’t do snacks at all, what would you do?
Carly: I know this is isn’t necessarily a job, but I would’ve gone into the Peace Corps and that would’ve taken me on a different direction. It’s one of my only regrets.
Mandy: I would’ve liked to start a gift-wrapping company. I love packaging. I love designing. I love the way a present turns out when it’s done. That’s probably one of the most enjoyable parts about Just Pop In!
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