Clark Howard: King TV Pop
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Steven Carse is the man behind the Popsicle. He said this frozen treat got him back on his feet.
"We're kind of at the end of the day, so most of the production of prepping the fruit is done," Carse said. "So we're not really wrapping up. We'll be here a lot longer. We're in sort of the bagging process."
Carse is co-owner and founder of King of Pops - a company he started with his brother four years ago. He created the business after he was fired from his job as an investment analyst. The idea came from an earlier trip to Central America, when he saw fresh fruit Popsicle, or paletas, being sold on the side of the road.
''Definitely never made a Popsicle before, Carse said. "Just freezing a ton of stuff in bathroom cups."
Carse started out small, a one-man operation selling Popsicle from a cart at events around Atlanta. As the Popsicle grew in popularity, so did his business.
We probably have 25 carts in there. On Saturdays all those will go out.
"These are a bunch of farmers markets we will be going to," Carse said.
His Popsicle are now featured in grocery stores and markets in three states. Carse is still hands on with everything, from making Popsicles to helping with deliveries. He now has 10 full-time employees and close to 30 part timers. Yet he'll still hits the street to sell his pops.
"It's definitely a blessing in disguise,'' Carse said. "I'm much, much happier here...doing something that I'd love to do, than doing something for a paycheck."
This just goes to show, when life gives you lemons, you make lemon Popsicle. This is just one story from my new book living large for the long haul. Is there a second act in you?
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