What happens when two local lawyers get together and decide they want “to be outside dealing with happy people”? They come up with Pop Couture, a line of vegan frozen ice treats made from primarily seasonal, organic ingredients in a variety of flavors, including strawberry-basil lemonade, pineapple habañero, cucumber lime, and avocado. “We were inspired by cocktails, desserts, and teas we’ve had,” says Justin Daniel, who, like his business partner Pete Stine, continues to work as an attorney by day. The two sell their pops on a stick at the 32nd Street Farmers’ Market in Waverly and the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar under the JFX. They’re also refurbishing a three-wheel truck to take their frozen goodies to the street. Says Daniel, “We realized no one was doing this in Baltimore.”
IT’S AN ORIGINAL: Who invented the Popsicle? The popular frozen thirst-quencher was actually an accident created by an 11-year-old boy in 1905. He left a cup on his porch overnight with a mix of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick. It froze, paving the way for the brand-name ice-pop sticks.