The first brick and mortar outpost of cult ice pop favorite People's Pops opened yesterday afternoon on Union Street, just west of Seventh Avenue.
People's Pops, which has developed quite a following since launching in 2008 thanks to its unique flavors and high-quality ingredients, has become a familiar sight at farmers' markets and events like Smorgasburg, and also at seasonal pop-up shops on the High Line, in Chelsea Market, and in the East Village. This, however, will be their first year-round shop.
The bright, high-ceilinged space looks really nice, with an entire wall covered by a mural (above) painted by local artist Claudia Pearson and another coated in chalkboard paint. There's a Mrs. Pac Man as well, a few stools, and lots of room for the inevitable line that will form on hot summer days.
There are five types of ice pops on hand at any given time, and two shave ices. Flavors will change near-daily: yesterday ice pops included Blueberry with Apricot, Raspberry with Mint, Rhubarb Ginger, Strawberry with Ronnybrook Cream, and Red Plum and Sour Cherry, and shave ices were available with Beet Rhubarb and Red Plum syrup.
Co-founder Joel Horowitz (top left), who lives nearby, told me that because this is their first non-seasonal (aka year-round) lease, they haven't decided yet what to do with the shop during the winter months. "We might do a winter concept, but we haven't been able to think too much about that yet," he admitted. "We're just really excited to get this up and running in such an awesome neighborhood."
And be sure to pick up their book, "People's Pops: 55 recipes for ice pops, shave ice, and boozy pops from Brooklyn's coolest pop shop," available June 5th!
People's Pops, 808 Union Street Brooklyn NY 11217.