Kelly Jo Ross
What's poppin' at Fantastick Pops?'
The popular handmade artisan pops food truck is under new ownership.
The keys have officially been handed over to the new owners of Fantastick Pops, so now you will see a new face behind the wheel of the "pop"ular teal blue and orange gourmet popsicle food truck seen in Clinton County.
And who are the new owners that keep popping up?
Meet Kinsey and Kylie Stockmann of Breese.
They just recently bought the business from the original owners, Anna Venhaus of Germantown and her sister-in-law Allison Kaiser of St. Charles, Missouri.
The idea of Fantastick Pops has been a sweet and solid one. A few years ago, on a family summer vacation in Kentucky, Anna was told to try out a cute shop that sold gourmet popsicles.
"Let me just say, the kids were in heaven and so were the adults," Anna said.
But these were so much more than what you would typically think of when you think of a frozen kid’s treat.
These were gourmet pops!
"They were fun and colorful, but all natural and handmade. Unlike anything we’d had before," she said.
On the car ride back to their cabin, they were raving about the popsicles and started brainstorming about bringing the idea to the St. Louis and Southern Illinois area.
So, she just said to her sister-in-law Allison (known as the best cook and health fanatic in the family), “you know, we could totally do this. We could be a team. You could do what you love, which is working in the kitchen creating one-of-a-kind recipes and making people happy with food, and I could do the marketing and business side of this business from Illinois.”
In August of 2018, the duo drew up a business plan, finalized their paperwork and Fantastick Pops was born. re
"From the beginning, the one thing we knew right away was that we wanted our product to be locally sourced fruits and veggies, with ingredients that were all-natural. Nothing artificial," said Anna.
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