Pop Parlour hosts grand opening, free specials at UCF
UPDATE: The Pop Parlour at UCF announced on Instagram Tuesday evening that its free Popsicle and coffee promotion will end Tuesday at 10 p.m., instead of Wednesday at 10 p.m., due to an "overwhelming response."
Cilantro pineapple, Nutella, cucumber lime and alcohol-infused Popsicles are some of the treats students can start to indulge in on campus.
The Pop Parlour shop hosted its grand opening at UCF on Monday, offering free specials and promotions.
Located next to Knightro's near the CFE Arena, the gourmet Popsicle shop will be providing free fruity or creamy Popsicles and drip coffee each day starting at 7 a.m. and ending Wednesday at 10 p.m.
"We also have a loyalty program, so if you sign up, you get a free coffee and Popsicle and every time you come in, you get a point," said Nikki Zumsteg, a sophomore hospitality and event management major, who is a "popslinger" at the shop and in charge of customer service and examining flavors.
With popular choices at around $2 each, such as the peanut butter and banana or pistachio and coconut, Pop Parlour offers a variety of all-natural, unique flavors, including champagne mango peach, birthday cake, Bloody Mary and mimosa.
"They're different. They're not your normal Popsicles. I'm not going to just go buy a cilantro Popsicle from Publix," said Rachel Youngblood, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, after enjoying a cilantro pineapple Popsicle.
Since 7 a.m. opening day, co-owner Adam Chandler said it's been exciting to see a steady load of people come in, check out the shop and try different treats.
"I think people are really excited about it ... seems like everyone really like the space," he said.
To gain more excitement and interest for customers, the shop also includes a kitchen that is open for guests to watch the treat-making process.
With sofas, benches, stools and tables, Parlour aims to provide an outlet for students who may want to enjoy a break between classes or just relax with friends, with a treat or coffee in hand.
"It's a very chill, clean atmosphere. I tried the watermelon Popsicle ... it doesn't taste like a watermelon flavor, it tastes like an actual watermelon," said Jessica Walters, a freshman BFA musical theatre major.
The UCF location is the third Parlour to open, after Winter Garden and Downtown Orlando. Students can be on the lookout for specials, updates and events on The Pop Parlour's Facebook page.
Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.