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Open for Business: People's Pops, 808 Union Street


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.

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Reader Comments (14)

One of the first store openings in a long time that I am psyched about, will be going here before the week is out

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

These pops are SOOO good! They have such a nice business and are so super friendly. The pops are healthy and delicious, better than all that Uncle Louis G's, Haagan Daaz fatty and unnatural stuff.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeanstreet

So now the N Slope has like a dozen icre cream, yogurt, forzen dessert places and the S Slope just has Tasty D-light. Oh the humanity

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJBOB

Jbob, partially that's because the pedestrian traffic up in the North Slope (especially near Union Street) is major on the weekends with people on the way to/from prospect park and the grand army plaza greenmarket. especially sunny nice days.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeanstreet

North Slope whup whup!

I've had these at Smorgasburg. Delish. Can't wait.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

I heard that they signed the lease 2 months ago.
I also heard that the owner of the building waited for the right tenant that would improve the area.
Oh......what's his name?
That's right. Its Nick Kotsonis.
Gee he does care.
hope they do well.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternewbe in slope

How do you know when the lease was signed newbe, I mean Nick? Since you are known for going onto websites and giving reviews of your own establishments, we all know it's you. You filled the building with a real estate office, an investment firm and you ran the gym into the ground so thank you for the Popsicles. Is that what you wanted us to say? I hope they do well too, but it won't be any thanks to you. Your comments on various blogs about the gym made me realize you are more than a little nuts.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeanstreet

There people go again.
if somebody says something nice about this guy, THEY MUST BE THEM!!
Honestly, you people have paranoia mastered to an art form.
If Nick Kotsonis did a nice thing, then let's say so.
Thank god I moved out of that paranoic pit.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergarfield girl

By the way Deanstreet.
It's easy to find out that info.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergarfield girl

If they coupled the popsicles with lids of panama red and maybe some thai stick they could just take the winters off. That's called multitasking.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterfluffleFlicker

you obviously didn't read the previous post at slope fitness.
Wait......I should call you Ellie.
You sound alike.
Both crazy and paranoid.
If Nick Kotsonis is nuts
then I want his affliction.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternewbe in slope

I give this place less than 18 months. Yeah, the pops are great, doesn't mean they will have a successful retail model.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan

Way to go Brendan.
Nice way to support the local businesses.
I bet you want vacant stores so that you can scream how bad the area is becoming.
I'll be going there when I visit my friends.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergarfield girl

Stupid name.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEC23456

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