INSPIRATION: A friend took Megan to a shop called Steel City Pops while she was living in Birmingham, Ala. Megan glimpsed the production process and was smitten with the delicious frozen pops, quality ingredients, and fun atmosphere.
LOGGER HELP: Megan has twice sought help from classes taught by business prof Lynnette Claire. A 2013 class did market research on Seattle neighborhoods that led to the decision to start with farmers markets before opening a store. Students in 2017 recommended an app for business communications. “We use it every day,” Megan says.
A FAMILY AFFAIR: Megan’s whole family is involved in Seattle Pops: Dave, her dad, helps formulate recipes; Lindsey ’09, her sister, is in charge of kitchen production; Suzie, her wife, manages the farmers markets; and Melody Carlisle, her mom, handles catering and administrative work.
GIVING BACK: Inspired by the Puget Sound athletic department’s food drive, Seattle Pops works with softball teams to collect nonperishables for the FamilyWorks food bank. Seattle Pops also sells Christmas trees to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program.
FAVORITE FLAVOR: Available flavors range from the traditional (Very Strawberry) to the unconventional (Spicy Mango Chile). Megan has a soft spot for Cinnamon Horchata.
*Image courtesy of Megan Janes ’12
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