Photo Credits: Susan Wong
May 3, 2011 – I often shop for my groceries at Prestige, not because the vegetables are fresher or that there’s more parking; but because of a man named Larry who coincidently makes the best popcorn I have ever tasted in my life.
Larry Makanzie, 25, is a sharp entrepreneur that has learned to capitalize on hungry shoppers, curious passers-by lured by the aromas of fresh popcorn, and chronic snackers (such as myself).
Formerly known as ‘Fresh Pops’, Makanzie’s popcorn empire is now known as ‘Bando International’. With no signage or marketing material, I may be one of the first to know what his humble popcorn stand is actually called. But, at the end of the day, who cares? Makanzie’s popcorn is the tastiest curbside cuisine I’ve tasted in a long time and makes me look forward to stocking up on my kitchen supplies!
Makanzie has been serving his customers at Prestige for the last 4 years. A consistent queue of a few hungry snackers makes this popcorn stand one of the most profitable even at 50 ksh per bag.
Partly due to the consistent flow of business and also to his stubborn mission to provide the freshest popcorn to his customers, Makanzie’s popcorn is consistently steaming hot, fluffy and golden.
With diverse flavours to choose from: salt & vinegar, celery salt, mixed chilli spices – just to name a few; Makanzie provides the customer with choices and room for customization. My favourite is the “Special” with an extra dash of celery salt.
This is definitely the friendliest popcorn stand where not only can you buy the fluffiest flavoured popcorn anywhere, it’s also a spot to catch up on the word on the street or take a breather after shopping.
Whether you’re a popcorn connoisseur or just want to support a worthy young entrepreneur, next time you’re at Prestige, make sure you visit Makanzie for some popcorn!