We recently reported on the signs that popped up at 1908 Hillsborough Street advertising the opening of the beloved Durham staple Locopops. Without an opening date posted on the window, it was anyone’s guess when the company would open their doors. But, just in time for a warm sunny February Saturday, the wait is now over. Locopops opened its doors on Friday and I popped in today to check out the selection and space.
Similar to their Durham store, Locopops has about as minimal of an upfit that a store could have. New hardwood floors, a bit of new paint and a couple of floor freezers is about the only things the company added to the space. One employee stands behind the two freezers and a cash register handing out Locopopsicles at only $2.00 each, a tasty deal. One freezer holds creme based pops and the other holds fruit based ones. There are over 20 different flavors and they come in one size, which is a perfect serving. Behind the counter on the back wall is a large white erase board with all the flavors listed, again broken into two categories, creme and fruit. Locopops are also selling t-shirts for $15 with their fantastic and definitive slogan “Think Global, Act Loco”. Various art by children adorns the main walls and there are a couple of benches for relaxing and chilling out with a popsicle. There were a few college students and a couple of families in the store when I got there, all standing back and admiring the variety of flavors.
This space will probably act as mostly a hub, as Locopops is known to take their carts out into the city and distribute to the masses. Hot dog vendors on Glenwood avenue beware! I ate the Strawberry 5 Spice pop on my way home and it was fabulous. A great combination of fruit and kick. I don’t think I can compare it to any other taste I have had except another Locopop from the past. White Chocolate Tangerine is waiting patiently in the freezer and with a name like that, it is sure to be as flavorful as the Strawberry 5 Spice.
Locopops stays away from being pretentious, from their packaging to their logo and the up-fit of the storefront space. Family friendly as well as hip. In their case, Less IS More.
Here’s to acting loco all summer long!