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“There’s a lot more work to do than we initially thought,” Monreal said, adding that they hope to open in mid-July before students return for the fall semester.

Brothers-in-law Scott Harrison and Jim Roberts open Peace, Love & Pops, a craft popsicle shop, in the space that used to house Sonoran Cycles at 845 E. University Blvd.

A new popsicle store – Peace, Love & Pops – will be set up at 845 E. University Blvd. The restaurant, which will offer fresh fruit popsicles as well as more inventive flavors, from regional prickly pear to cream-based popsicles with grains, is slated to open in late April or early May.

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The business is modeled after a similar popsicle store in Birmingham, Alabama, where Harrison, a former radio sportscaster, spent several years doing marketing and public relations for Taco Mama. The Birmingham-based fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain has nearly two dozen restaurants throughout Alabama.

Harrison said he and Roberts first toyed with the idea a few years ago, after he and his wife took Roberts and his wife to the local store. When Harrison and his wife moved to Tucson in January 2021, the pair revisited the idea and took the plunge.

Peace, Love & Pops will feature fresh fruit popsicles as well as more inventive flavors, from regional prickly pear to cream and grain-based popsicles. Some of the treats will also include fresh fruit with the fresh juice.

“Where we want to show faith and experimentation are opportunities for smaller batches with flavors you might not have thought of,” Harrison said. “We just want to make popsicles and have fun.”

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