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Pete's Pops storefront makes its debut with frozen fruit confections

Saturday, August 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What started as a single cart selling frozen fruit confections four years ago now is has a  storefront: Pete's Pops made its brick-and-mortar debut Saturday at 3809 W. Vliet St.

The business will be open weekends only to start; regular hours of noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday start Aug. 18.

Pete Cooney started his business with five flavors.  The west side shop will stock about two dozen. Creamy pops at the opening include banana cream, Thai tea, pear goat cheese, sweet corn-blueberry and fudge; they're $4 apiece.

Fruit pops, at $3, include flavors such as raspberry-lime, sweet potato-peach, honeydew-lime, apricot-ginger, and salted watermelon. 

The Vliet Street Special is a $2 pop.

Work on the storefront began over the winter; it's in a series of buildings being renovated by builder Tom Straub. The Vliet Street building also houses the production kitchen for Pete's Pops; interior windows will let customers have a peek at the pop-making process. 

The small shop sells pops from a window; customers can pause at a counter inside, at windows that roll overhead in good weather, to eat their pops.

Pete's Pops still will have its carts out in the community, at various farmers markets and events such as the nearby Wednesday night concerts at Washington Park, a couple of blocks from the store.

Pete's Pops is a side business for Cooney, who works as controller for the Pabst Theater Group. His friend Edson Juarez runs the business' day-to-day operations.

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