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Interviewee: Steven White, Owner
Location: visit the J-POPS website to find out where Steven will be “popping” up next!
Special: mention “Best of the Menu” and receive $1 off pops during the month of October!
Q | What are the most popular items on your menu? Why?
A | It depends on the crowd. If it is adults, my pops with herbs like Lemon Basil and Watermelon Mojito are very popular. When it comes to kids then mostly flavors like Berry Lemonade, Raspberry Lime, and Cherry Limeade.
Q | Are there any flavors on your menu that exist because of a special request by a customer?
A | I did a spicy one, Tropical Heat (Pineapple, Mango and Cayenne), that came from a customers asking for a pop with a kick. I am always open to suggestions.
Q | You have over 50 flavors! What flavor should a first-timer try? What about a first-timer who wants to be adventurous?
A | I always say that Lemon Basil should be your introduction to J-POPS, since it’s what I consider my signature pop.
Q | Can I find J-POPS year-round? Where can I find them?
A | From April through October they can be found at various farmers markets (Worthington, Clintonville, New Albany, and Westerville) and festivals all over Columbus. They can be found year round at The Hills Market (both Downtown and Worthington locations) and also at Bexley Natural Market. The best way to find out more information is on my website and social media (links above).
Q | How did you decide to start a gourmet ice pops business?
A | I had always enjoyed making pops as a kid. Like lots of other kids, I grew up with those Tupperware ones. Much later in life when I was living in Atlanta and I began seeing a trend of gourmet ice pops and starting playing around in my kitchen with different kinds of flavors just for fun. Prior to Atlanta I had lived in Japan for two years teaching English. I was living in Atlanta in 2011 when the earthquake and tsunami devasted a part of Japan. I wanted to find a way to help the country I loved so much so I made some pops and sold them to my co-workers. I sent all the money to the American Red Cross for Japan relief. I later got encouraged to go in to business. Once I decided to move back home to Columbus, I opened J-POPS.
I tried the Lemon Basil and now I’m basically going to stalk Steven at all upcoming events to try the rest! YUM!