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First Fort Worth-based frozen pop shop gives Near Southside the chills

First Fort Worth-based frozen pop shop gives Near Southside the chills

Alchemy Pops
Pop flavors include orange and cream. Photo by Alchemy Pops

After many a catering job and two kickstarter campaigns, Alchemy Pops, the first Fort Worth-based frozen pop company, is opening a storefront in the Near Southside district on March 20.

The store is at 411 S. Main St., in a sweet old vintage brick building. South Main Street is the hub of one of the Near Southside's three designated urban villages and is projected to be the central hub of commerce, retail, urban living, and dining.

Having a frozen pop shop in the mix will surely be a plus. Founder Carolyn Phillips says in a release that she's looking forward to being part of the neighborhood.

"We can't wait to treat our customers in our new pop shop," Phillips says. "We have built strong relationships with our neighbors and can’t imagine a better location to be than in the Near Southside."

She's collaborating with The Greenhouse 817, a flower shop, in a fun grand opening on March 24 with half-off pops, planting activities, and sidewalk chalk art. DJ Ronnie Heart will kick off a "poptail hour" with live music, and Alchemy will offer free champagne pop pour overs on the patio and a photo booth to capture the experience.

Established as a mobile catering company in 2015, Alchemy has grown into a community-cultivated company that serves handcrafted, artisan frozen pops. They use local ingredients when possible, and offer gluten-free, vegetarian frozen pops with fruity flavors that are vegan-friendly.

Their flavors are especially fetching, with cream-based flavors such as chai latte, horchata, green tea matcha, honey cream lavender, and cold brew coffee & cream. Vegan flavors include chocolate, pumpkin spice, pear & ginger, and pomegranate.

They've popped up at pool parties, weddings, backyard bashes, and music festivals, and have been featured in such publications as Fort Worth Texas Magazine and AAA Texas Journey.

Phillips hosted her first kickstarter in 2015 to purchase basic equipment including freezers and stainless steel molds. She followed that up with a second kickstarter in 2017 to finance the build-out of her bricks and mortar space. And now here it is, at last, at last, the frozen pops have a home at last.