Frios Gourmet Pops Opens In Downtown Huntsville!

“When we first set foot in Downtown Huntsville, we knew we had to open our store here,” said Ericka Hopkins, owner of Frios Gourmet Pops – Huntsville. “It felt like a community—one where we could be the local popsicle shop that knew everyone’s name and remembered the kids’ favorite flavors. We are thrilled to bring Frios to the Downtown area. It’s fun, nostalgia, and a quality product all-in-one.”

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Located at the Garage at Clinton Row, Frios is now open and serving up the tastiest treats in town made with fresh ingredients and close-to-home flavors.

Hours for the shop are:

Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Customers can choose from about 80 different flavors,” said Ericka. “And you always know what you’re eating, because selections are based on the growing season. If we can’t get the freshest ingredients available, we won’t serve it.”

All popsicles are made from Alabama ingredients in an effort to support local farmers. Ericka and her husband Bart fell in love with the quality of Frios popsicles and contacted the company’s founder, Andy Harp, to get information about opening their own store.

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“Andy has the best personality to work with,” said Ericka. “He has been with us every step of the way in making our dream a reality. Andy is determined to keep ingredients as natural as possible, and that’s something that we found very important in a business.”

Based in Gadsden, Alabama, Frios has steadily grown to over 20 storefronts located in six different states—thanks to developing relationships with local farmers and the company’s eclectic personality.

“One of the best things about Frios is its focus on helping local farms thrive,” said Ericka. “All dairy used in our pops comes from a dairy farm outside of Dothan. We also sell products that support other Alabama businesses.”

In addition to delicious gourmet pops, Frios also serves G Mommas bite-sized cookies and Fox Point Farm Goat Milk Caramels.

“G Mommas cookies come directly from Selma, and Fox Point Farm is located in Kellyton,” said Ericka. “My husband and I are very passionate about helping small Alabama businesses, so we wanted our customers to have access to some of the best the state has to offer.”

Frios appeals to visitors of all ages, whether you’re a concerned parent who wants to serve healthy ingredients or an energetic toddler who wants a frozen treat.

“I have two very active little boys,” said Ericka. “There have been many times in the late afternoon I wanted to relax for a few minutes while the kids were entertained. That’s why we have activities for them here. Kids can draw on our chalkboard, or color a popsicle drawing to enter our weekly contest.”

Frios chooses a new drawing each week and displays it for all to see while rewarding the child with a free popsicle.

Ericka said more is coming to the store to add to the fun. The shop has a wall that’s set up for photos and will be getting funny props for visitors to use soon.

“My husband and I have always loved Huntsville,” said Ericka. “And we aim to serve the highest-quality frozen treats while bringing more fun to the community. Come on in and try the banana split pop! It’s delicious.”

You can read more about Frios HERE! 

Get connected with Frios Gourmet Pops – Huntsville by following them on Facebook and Instagram!

Have you tried Frios yet? What’s your favorite flavor? Let us know in the comments.

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Coming Soon to Huntsville: Wingstop and Wayback Burgers!

While many know the Waddell Plaza retail development on University drive as home to Mei Wei, Smoothie King, and Jersey Mike’s, Huntsville residents will soon have two new eateries to enjoy at the center: Wingstop and Wayback Burgers!

Located across the street from the Target anchored Westside Centre shopping center at the intersection of University Drive and Waddell Dr. NW, their new home at Waddell Plaza will mark the first location in the Huntsville area for both companies.

Wingstop, which first opened for business in 1994 as a small buffalo-style chicken wing restaurant in Garland, Texas has since grown to having more that 1,000 restaurants across the United States, Mexico, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and the United Arab Emerates. The eatery specializes in fresh never faked wings, hand-cut seasoned fries and sides. With flavors ranging from Mango Habanero, to Hawaiian, Louisiana Rub and Garlic Parmesan, the company prides itself on being in the business of flavor.

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Wayback Burgers, now famous for their Triple Triple burger (which contains a staggering 9 patties, 9 slices of American cheese, lettuce and tomato), was first opened as Jake’s Hamburgers in Newark, Delaware in 1991. Featuring burgers made from 100% ground beef, hand-dipped milkshakes and signature hotdogs, Wayback Burgers has built a reputation for doing things “the-way-they-used-to-be” and have become known and loved for their Burger of the Month and Milkshakes of the month, serving fun combinations such as their Ruben burger and Buffalo Mac and Cheese Burger and milkshake flavors such as Mango and Orange Creamsicle.

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Both stores are set to open at the Waddell Plaza development later this year.

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Frios Gourmet Pops to Bring Fresh, Frozen, Fun to Downtown Huntsville This Fall!

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When Andy Harp quit his full time job in the tech industry to sell his homemade popsicles out of a small portable stand on the sidewalk in Downtown Gadsden AL, he had more than a few skeptics.

Three years later, with over 20 storefront locations in over 4 different states, his company, Frios Gourmet Pops, has grown into one of the best frozen dessert companies in the country. And now, Ericka and Bart Hopkins are bringing his creative take on fresh, frozen treats to Downtown Huntsville.

“We’re from Gadsden, so our family lives there and they just kept talking about it,” said Ericka Hopkins when we sat down to talk about their new Frios store which will be joining the other shops at the Garage at Clinton Row in Downtown Huntsville this fall.

“Then it literally was like, one summer day we tried one of their popsicles and fell in love with it,” she said.

The parents of two young sons, William (8) and Casen (2), Ericka and Bart loved the fresh and healthy approach that the company took to making their popsicles.

12028772_994233717293511_9038797151232943281_o“I like the fact that the ingredients are simple,” explained Ericka. “Our fruities are pretty much just the fruit, organic cane sugar (we don’t use any kind of refined sugars) and then citrus juice. So that’s it. It’s just those three ingredients, there isn’t any artificial flavors or dyes.”

But that’s not what sold Ericka and Bart on becoming a part of the Frios family she said, “When we met with the owner, he was so down to earth and he was so passionate about local business and local farms and he really stood behind his product, that’s what sold me.”

In fact, every popsicle the company produces utilizes only the freshest ingredients sourced from local Alabama farms such as: Talley’s Fruit Farm in Crossville AL, Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb, AL and Isom’s Orchard in Athens, AL just to name a few. “If it doesn’t grow in Alabama, we still make sure it passes through an Alabama farm before it gets to us,” Ericka explained.

Still handmade in Gadsden by their specially trained “Fruit Ninjas,” the company has over 80 different unique seasonal flavors including a wide variety of gluten free, dairy free and all natural selections and even employs their very own “Chef Diva” whose sole job it is to dream up new pops.

Seasonally based, their fruity pops include flavors such as, Avocado-Lime, Blueberry Lemonade, Muscadine and Strawberry Mango. The company also sells milk based “Creamies” featuring flavors such as Key Lime Pie, Banana Puddin’, and Cookies & Milk.

Ericka said, that she hasn’t met a flavor she didn’t like yet, but her two favorites are the Avocado Lime and Banana Puddin’.

13516340_1072155852863371_8766010873643673455_n“When you look at the Banana Puddin’ pop you can see the actual slices of banana and the whole vanilla wafers, it’s such a rich Banana Pudding flavor. The first time I had one I expected something that tasted more like an imitation of banana pudding, but it’s not, it’s full blown banana pudding on stick.”

And the Avocado Lime? Ericka admits that the green pop may look like the ugly duckling of the popsicle world, but for those willing to give it a try, she said she hasn’t had anyone not like it yet. “It’s more like a fresh green grape flavor, it’s creamy but there’s no dairy in it, it’s just avocados, lime juice and cane sugar.”

In addition to opening their store-front at The Garage At Clinton Row in Downtown Huntsville, Ericka and her husband Bart have also developed a program for local schools called “Frios Fridays” as a way to give back to their community. Each Friday, the pair drops off coolers of popsicles at local schools for them to sell. Then Ericka & Bart donate back .50 cents to the school for every popsicle sold. “Having two little boys, getting into schools was very important for us,” Ericka said.

And for those now wishing they could get their hands on one of Frios’ tasty treats sooner than when Ericka & Bart’s storefront opens up in Downtown Huntsville this fall, you’re in luck! The team currently has a kiosk set up in Parkway Place Mall! They also have a variety of portable cordless outdoor carts available for corporate, school, church events or weddings!

With all the new restaurants, shopping and retail coming to Downtown Huntsville at developments like The Garage At Clinton Row, The Avenue, 225 Holmes and City Centre, Frios is sure to become the perfect place to stop and grab a sweet treat.

To get connected with Frios in Huntsville you can follow them on Facbook HERE and on instagram HERE. For information about renting a Frio cart for your next event, contact ericka@friospops.com!

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N Season Brings Fresh Local Inspired Pizza To South Huntsville

13502533_206510736410091_6558944335517415966_oIf you’re looking for the best pizza available in Huntsville, maybe even in the South, G. Todd Daniel, owner of The Wine Rack, believes his new pizza venture, N Season Gourmet Pizzas will fit the bill.

Quite literally a dream come true, G. Todd explained that “the idea for N Season originally came about in 1992. I came up with the marketing plan for the restaurant and named it N Season. However at the last moment, our funding fell through.” So the project was placed onto the back burner.

But now, after 35 years in the food and beverage industry, having worked as a professional caterer, the Food and Beverage Director of The Ledges, the General Manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and having owned and operated his own local wine shop, The Wine Rack, G. Todd has finally found the opportunity to open his first restaurant. “Food and beverage has been in my blood my whole life. It’s all I’ve ever done. Even though I got my degree in computer information systems!” he laughed.

The name, N Season Gourmet Pizzas, is derived from G. Todd’s passion for using the best local produce available. Having cultivated connections with local farmers through his wife’s work at the local food bank, he feels that N Season’s focus on using the best local and fresh ingredients available is what will set his pizza apart. “I have the best flour, mozzarella, sauce, and meats available on the market. People really notice the difference. When you get the pizza in your mouth, you actually want to eat the crust. I’ve gotten so many compliments from people saying this is the best pizza they have ever had. When you use the right ingredients it’s just so different,” he said.

And for those looking to sit back and relax while eating their pizza, N Season’s sister store, The Wine Rack (located just a few steps down from N Season), is inviting customers to bring their pizza over and dine in their wine tasting room. A relaxing atmosphere that welcomes customers to sip wine and draught beer along with their pizza. “I like to pair our Trip to NY City Pizza with my Super Tuscan wine,” said G.Todd. “We’ve got a NY great pizza that really showcases what NY is all about on their pizza, and I’ve got a great super Tuscan, it pairs great with pizza.”

With a large selection of creative specialty pizzas, N Season plans to have a rotating pizza of the month and a pizza of the week. “The pizza of the month right now is a reuben pizza,” G Todd explained. “We make the crust out of rye dough and then top it with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and a bit of caraway seed.” And if that isn’t bold enough for you, the store has plans to feature wilder pizzas as well, such as their shrimp and tequila pizza and their duck and polenta pizza.

Now open from 5pm – 9pm, Monday through Saturday, N Season will soon expand it’s menu and hours in July to 11am – 9pm Monday through Saturday and introduce sandwiches and salads to their offerings as well.  Located at 11700 Memorial Pkwy #H Huntsville, AL, N Season is available for pick-up or delivery all the way up to Airport Road and all the way down to the river.

You can find more information and view their complete menu by visiting nseasongourmetpizzas.com. You can also follow them on Facebook for updates on their monthly and weekly specials, as well as any special events, such as wine pairings.

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