|Melissa & Melanie the "popcyclists"|
Nice Pops is the brainchild of Melissa Hogg, a former wildlife biologist, & Melanie Camman, a recent Emily Carr Industrial Design grad. Melissa read about people selling artisanal ice pop creations in Brooklyn, then came across someone doing it in Canmore & thought she needed to try it here in Vancouver. Though Melissa & Melanie had talked about starting this venture together for a while, Melissa jumped into it while Melanie was on tour with her band in Europe, trusting her friend would be eager to work on it once she got home. Melanie was on board, telling people she was going to work as a "pop cyclist" for the summer in Vancouver.
|Just $3 gets you a little bit of summer on a stick|
Melissa & Melanie are both confirmed cyclists, regularly commuting to work on their bikes (though Melanie does like taking the bus so she can knit en route). But it wasn't only for the love of biking that they decided to run the retail end of the business this way. They wanted to offer their yummy home-made frozen fruit pops specifically in East side parks where there's no concession. Having the Nice Pops cooler in a bike trailer means they can access more places than they could with something like an ice cream truck. Finances also factored into the decision: as Nice Pops is in its inaugural year, their goal was to keep costs low.
|Leo Duncan enjoying a roasted peach Nice Pop|
Friday's forecast is for 26c & sunny--perfect weather for a frosty treat! Look for Nice Pops tomorrow (Friday, September 7) on the bike route next to South China Creek Park (Clark & 10th Avenue)--they'll be there from 4-7pm. You can also follow Nice Pops on Twitter & Facebook to find out where they'll be next.