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King Of Pops Finds Sweet Sales On Atlanta’s Streets

Steven Carse, Co-founder and CEO of King of Pops, left, and Nick Carse, Co-founder and CFO of King of Pops sit on King of Pops carts.
Steven Carse, Co-founder and CEO of King of Pops, left, and Nick Carse, Co-founder and CFO of King of Pops sit on King of Pops carts.
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The Atlanta-based fruit pop cart vendor King of Pops is turning into a profitable venture for the Carse family. The popsicle maker is seeing a sweet sales growth.

Co-founder and CEO Steven Carse first thought of the idea for the business while on a trip to Central America with his two brothers. They fell in love with paletas –a style of Latin-American ice pop – during their travels.

When Carse was laid off from a corporate job, he decided to take a chance on making what has grown into a popular and tasty treat for Atlantans.

The King of Pops all started in Carse’s small, cramped kitchen. When he finally found the recipe that worked, he started to sell the sweet treats in a vending cart on street corners. It became so successful his brother Nick got in one the business.

“I’d like to say we were smart enough to know what were we doing, but really we just couldn’t afford it. We wanted to have a brick and mortar, like an ice cream shop, except selling popsicles.”

During an interview on “A Closer Look,” he explained that the cart became an option that they could afford.  The King of Pops now serves up a variety of fruit popsicles in fun and original flavors from the Arnold Palmer, Bear Trap and Blackberry Ginger Lemonade to Creamy Avocado, Honeydew Lime Zest and Tangerine Basil.

The King of Pops sells their icy treats on street corners, farmer’s markets and at festivals. They also do catering.

Carse explained how he turned his dream into a reality, how much the business has grown, King of Pops’ original and fun flavors, and what his future plans are in an interview on “A Closer Look.”

WABE’s April Williams, Rose Scott, and Denis O’Hayer contributed to this story.