Why Treating Your Staff to Healthy Treats is a “Cool Idea”

It’s the end of the summer and we have been pretty busy. Lately, we have seen a lot of  corporate companies treating their staff and you know what, it is pretty awesome!! Here are a few reasons we think treating your employees with a healthy special treat is a great idea:

-Shows appreciation for hard work

-Introduces your employees to local, healthy alternatives

-Creates an experience outside of the normal day-to-day routine

-Treating them to something natural shows you care about their health

…and lastly, we love seeing people treat people kind, and the most kind thing to do is give treats!

 

 

 

Meet Bernie-Photogapher & Graphic Designer

Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to read. My name is Bernie,  and since I was a child, I wanted to work with strong, talented, and kind people doing what I love most: creating.

Angie and I have been friends for about 14 years now, and we were always coming up with new ideas. Angie, being the entrepreneurial type, would dream about different art endeavors, and me, being the excitable type, would always jump on board. We were always dabbling in new things, like starting a jewelry line repurposing old photography slides or creating art installations in the middle of the night.

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Time passed, and we acquired more life/work experience , so when Angie came to me with the idea of a popsicle/art truck I was 100% on board. Thinking about driving a cute popsicle truck with our kids and selling healthy frozen pops and art…my brain just about exploded. I couldn’t wait to start brainstorming the logo, the colors, the flavors, the photography, and oh, how the kids could have a lifetime of popsicles to eat made by Julia, another long time friend- it was all too exciting!!

Now, here we are, learning all of the things that go along with starting a business together. It is fun, it is scary, but most of all, it is exciting! I have learned a new appreciation for all business owners out there. I am so excited to be along for the ride with these lovely ladies. Oh yes, and I could not do any of this without my husbands unconditional support and the crazy energetic love from my two boys, Frankie and Charlie!

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Meet Julia-Our Popsicle Creator

Hi! I’m Julia, co-owner of Mom and Pop Shop and creator of our signature healthy pops! Well, let me just get this out of the way…no, I’m not a real chef. For the record, I have not received any formal culinary training. Nope, I am just a product of a generation that grew up with the Food Network and the protégé of the most excellent and talented of home cooks, my dad. I grew up with a passion for food and during summer breaks while my friends were going to the mall and riding bikes in the park, I was reading cookbooks like they were the latest Judy Blume novel, and watching hours upon hours of cooking shows, writing letters to the hosts to get their recipes from my favorite episodes (yes, this was before the internet and snail mail was still king). So when my friends started this company and approached me last year with the awesome challenge of creating healthy pops, I was in! Actually, my background is in academia and community education.

Yep, I am a bona fide nerd. I graduated from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and have been doing preventative research at UCLA for underserved communities in LA, one of which research studies, dealt with obesity and diabetes prevention. I have been able to apply the valuable information I gained on nutrition and weight loss from that study to our pops to make them as heathy as possible. Since joining the Mom and Pop team in October 2014, I became a first time mama! So now I get to spend my days making healthy treats for Southern Cali with my 8 month old son, James, and my wonderful, dessert aficionado husband, JJ, who both happily act as guinea pigs for my latest mad scientist pop concoctions.Julia