4

Small-Biz Spotlight: Meet HipPops Owner Tony Fellows

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Every time you hear a honk, a new food truck speeds on the scene. On a weekly basis, there is food-truck roundup after food-truck roundup. Lines are long, temperatures are rising, parking is sometimes a nightmare. Truck options are growing exponentially, but that doesn't mean the quality or creativity is always there.

Like any restaurant, food-truck owners who have a solid concept, great service, and high-quality products are rewarded for their toils. Taking a snapshot poll of who's got the best trucks is easy -- just look at the lines. Lines snaking from the food trucks that have nailed it are sometimes 20 to 30 people deep.

At the end of the day, consumers vote with their dollars. No one understands this concept better than frozen treat veteran and HipPops food-truck owner Anthony "Tony" Fellows.

HipPops specializes in making handcrafted gelato, yogurt, and sorbet pops in

hundreds of flavors, like blood-orange sorbet and pistachio gelato, that can be customized with a variety of  Belgian chocolate dips and

toppings like caramelized pecans and toasted coconut. All of HipPops' products are free from additives, high-fructose corn syrup, and

rBST, a growth hormone used in dairy cows. HipPops is also the nation's

only certified kosher dairy truck.

Fellows has been in the ice cream business for 30 years. His

career started at age 15 with an after-school

gig at Baskin-Robbins, a job he never thought would lead to this

moment. As an adult, Fellows worked as a licensee for Edy's ice cream,

building

and developing several locations in the Northeast for franchisees.

When I first met the cheerful HipPops owner at his Dania Beach microcreamery, one thing became instantly apparent -- the man's got a fevah, and the only prescription is bringing his "frozen masterpieces" to the masses. It's clear he's been staying up well past his bedtime lately, but with his upbeat personality and high energy, you'd never know it.

Tony and his wife, Niva, have been pounding the pavement with their

colorful Pop Truck, as they call it, for a little over two months. Niva is in

charge of their social media, and Tony takes care of running things at

the microcreamery as well as operating the truck.

Creating the perfect pop took nearly two years of trial and error. The entire process is temperature-controlled from the time the pop mold enters the freezer to when it's in his customer's hand. This meticulous detail results in a slow-melting pop that doesn't turn into a sticky mess the second it hits the sweltering heat.

Fellows says that in addition to having a good product, creating a memorable experience for customers is what will keep people coming back. "People can choose to spend $5 anywhere," he says. " I want them to walk away feeling good about their purchase and about the service that we provided.

"People must think I'm a stalker because I watch everyone from the

truck as they take their first bite. I want see their reaction," Fellows jokes. At the end of the day, smiles and long lines are a food truck's ultimate stamp of approval, so when you try your first HipPop, don't be surprised if you have an audience.

HipPops is available for private parties and catered events and can be found this weekend and every other Saturday at the Festival Flea Market in Coconut Creek. HipPops' full schedule can be viewed at hippops.com, or call 954-674-2211.

Think your food business has a good story and should be in the spotlight? Put down that glass of Haterade and start typing. Tell us why your business should be in the spotlight via Twitter @CleanPlateBPB or in the comments section below.



Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.