Creator Jonathan Delgado whips up creamy gelato-style popsicles at his new East End shop, Popston. (Photo by Michael Anthony)
Popston is one of several new businesses located inside The Plant, a 20,000-square-foot space in Houston's second ward. This popsicle emporium sells locally made seasonal creations that range from $2.50 to $7 each. (Photo by Michael Anthony)
During the dog days of Houston’s summer when the temps hover in the hundreds, aren’t we all just looking for clever ways to stay cool? Here’s one — the new Popston, a locally-owned popsicle factory poised in Houston’s East End. This week founder and popsicle creator Jonathan Delgado threw open the colorful doors of his first brick-and-mortar shop at the new innovative shopping and restaurant collaborative hub called The Plant.
This 20,000-square-foot facility in the Houston’s second ward can be found at 3401 Harrisburg Boulevard. And now, thanks to Popston, it’s a lot cooler.
But Delgado isn’t some overnight pop sensation. He’s actually been toiling in the kitchen for more than five years, tweaking his recipes for seasonally changing juicy pops like mangonada tajin, pistachio with rosewater, orange salted lemonade and blueberry mojito, as well as creamy gelato-style popsicles like salted caramel chocolate cajeta, Oreo cookies and cream, key lime pie and even a Shipley Do-Nuts gelato pop.
Initially, to spread the word about his quirky, cool creations, Delgado would wheel his traveling freezer cart to Houston METRO stops all around the city. Today besides his new storefront, Popston, which comes complete with a walk-up window (one decorated with a custom mural from artists Joybrush Designs and Dual Streets), you can spy this icy entrepreneur popping up on weekends at venues such as White Oak Music Hall, Hermann Park and the Houston Arboretum.
Popston is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 am to 8 pm and Fridays through Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm. Popsicles cost $2.50 to $7 each with a 10 percent discount given to those who walk or ride their bike to this new Houston sweets shop.