- story by Lisa Monti, Lisa Monti's Notebook
Pop Brothers, the makers of artisan ice popsicles, has found a new home on Main Street in Bay St. Louis. After a successful retail partnership with Cuz’s Seafood, the Pop Brothers owners will soon be settling into retail space they’ve been looking for. The spot at 111 Main Street Suite C was formerly occupied by Gourmet Galley.
“We are beginning work on Monday and hope to get the store open within a couple of weeks,” said Shannon Arzola, who owns Pop Brothers with her husband, Octavio Arzola, and her brother, Chuck Kelly.
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The new location will be like the ones in Gulfport and Ocean Springs. There will be seating inside at a long communal bench and near the front windows overlooking Main Street. Customers can try the 50-plus flavors always on hand plus have the option of dipping their pops in either dark or white chocolate or both.
Arzola said it’s fitting that the new store is opening on Main Street because Pop Brothers’ original customer base was in Bay St. Louis. The owners tested their icy treats on Second Saturdays in 2015, selling the popsicles out of a cart. “It’s where we realized our idea might work,” Arzola said. “It’s fate how this happened now.”
Things are looking up for Pop Brothers, which was recently featured on The Billion Dollar Buyer, the CNBC reality show, as well as the Cooking Channel series Beach Bites with Katie Lee. The owners just opened a store in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and the popsicles are sold in several locations in Texas as well as the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, Stennis Space Center, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles and Murky Waters in Hattiesburg.
And that one cart that got the whole Pop Brothers venture off the ground at Second Saturday is available for rent along with several others. Arzola said they are popular for weddings, showers, corporate events, birthday parties and other occasions.
For more information, contact Shannon Arzola at (205) 382-7123 or email email@example.com.
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