Cincinnati may be home to some famous ice cream brands, but nothing quite captures summer fun and youth like a popsicle.
One Mt. Auburn entrepreneur has just turned her passion for the icy treat into a gourmet, small batch popsicle business called streetpops
Sarah Bornick is debuting the pops this summer at events and venues across downtown and Over-The-Rhine. She creates the recipes and produces the pops herself, with some help from a friend, in an area commercial kitchen.
Bornick, who said she "loves the portability" of popsicles, came up with the idea about six months ago. Initially, she wanted to open a gourmet ice cream store, but decided to try something a little different. There is less competition in the popsicle space, and by selling in small batches at events, she keeps costs manageable.
"If this goes well, hopefully down the road I can open a storefront," she said.
Bornick makes small batches of 50 or 60 popsicles at a time. Flavors run the gamut from the familiar to the adventurous, including strawberry mint, peanut butter, blueberry lemon thyme, avocado and chocolate chili pepper.
Bornick is also a freelance graphic designer, which came in handy in designing the packaging, web site and t-shirts she'll use to promote the business.
Starting this month you can find streetpops at some of Cincinnati's most popular events, including Second Sunday on Main
, and Paddlefest
at Sawyer Point on June 25. She will also be at Findlay Market
on Saturdays and Sundays and at The City Flea
, a new, open air urban flea market that kicked off June 4. She's talking with several local business and coffee shops who are interested in carrying Streetpops.
"The response so far has been really encouraging," she said.
Bornick's treats are also available for office parties, family outing, weddings, baby showers, church festival or other events. You can reach Bornick through her Facebook
Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Sara Bornick, founder streetpops