Make coconut popsicles and strawberry popsicles with Steel City Pops in Dallas, Texas.
How did you get started?
From Jim: While on vacation with my family in Nashville in the spring of 2002, we stumbled across a unique shop called Las Paletas. It was a simple store, selling unique sweets called Mexican paletas—more commonly known as pops. But they were so much more than just pops! These delicious paletas were gourmet, brightly colored, all natural, and healthy, too—simply unlike anything we’d ever had. When we tasted these amazing pops, we decided everyone needed to know about this.
Fast forward 9 years. As I was turning 40, I found myself unhappy in my career and wanting to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. So, I quit my job and began learning all I could about restaurant ownership from some amazing friends. My mom and I developed all of the initial recipes and that was a real treasured time for me, since she had taught me to cook. My amazing wife, Amy, provided support in every possible way—I love her to the moon and back. My four awesome sons worked hard behind the scenes doing countless errands and odd jobs. Suffice to say, this company was the result of my family and many of our closest friends coming together to support this dream of ours. We are blessed beyond measure.
So, after countless hours of praying, planning, working and taste testing, Steel City Pops was born! In early 2012 we started the build-out of our first storefront in Homewood, Alabama; from there, things began to unfold rather quickly. We opened for business in May of 2012, serving pops out of our store, as well as from vending carts at local farmers’ markets and various places around town.
Now you can get your Steel City Pops at any of our (currently 9) locations.
From the very first moment until now, we have filled every day with passion for our product and a desire to keep our customers first. We are grateful that our community has continued to grow and hopefully, if we aren’t in your neighborhood yet we will be soon!? I look forward to seeing all of you in our store, getting to know you, and sharing with you some delicious pops!
Jim Watkins, Owner
Where are you located?
We have locations in Birmingham AL, Tuscaloosa AL, Auburn AL, Huntsville AL, Dallas TX, Ft.Worth TX, Garland TX, and coming soon in Casa Linda TX.
What are your specialities?
We love using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, and we love creating unique flavor combinations. One of our most popular flavors is our Buttermilk Pop (tastes just like cheesecake!). Strawberry Lemonade has been a summer favorite. And then there are our newest creations - Cookie Pops!
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
Our new Peach Cream pop is fantastic this time of year.
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Where else should we visit in your area?
We are a part of a fantastic area in Lower Greenville!
Do you host any special events?
We have vending carts that we take to any kind of event from birthdays, to weddings, to festivals. Also, we are about to roll out some new fundraising options with Steel City Pops - where you can have Steel City Pops at your fundraising event and a portion of the proceeds benefits your cause.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
We are constantly creating new flavors and ideas - there are some VERY exciting flavors coming this fall, so stay tuned!
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