Island Pops serves ice cream, snow cones and popsicles, as well as some booze-infused icy treats to get the party started!

A new family-owned artisanal Caribbean ice cream shop is opening in Crown Heights just in time for National Ice Cream Weekend.

Island Pops will have its grand opening at 680 Nostrand Avenue this Saturday, after being run from the home of husband-and-wife duo Shelly Marshall and Khalid Hamid for three years. The couple started the business after Marshall came back from Trinidad with a fever and couldn’t find the homemade soursop ice cream she was craving, so she resulted to make her own.

“That fall we started making it ourselves. We played with flavors to see how authentic we could make it, and we started making it for friends,” Marshall says. “That spiraled into starting our business in 2015.”

Tropically flavored pops on sale at Island Pops

Since then the couple have catered a number of events and festivals in New York including Dance Africa and Atlantic Antic, and further afield in Miami, Boston and even back in Trinidad and Tobago.

Island Pops serves ice cream, snow cones and popsicles, including some booze-infused icy treats to get the party started! And this fall, Marshall plans to start serving authentic Caribbean desserts paired with their ice creams.

The team caters as many events in Brooklyn as possible, especially those paying homage to Caribbean heritage, and the new store on Nostrand and St. Marks Avenues is the perfect headquarter for the operation.

Shelly Marshall and Khalid Hamid, the husband and wife team that started Island Pops.

“It helps build the community and showcase us amongst our target market more, it brings our brand out, we know our Caribbean folks are going to be there and their friends are going to be there,” Marshall says.“Brooklyn is becoming so much of a hub for everyone, not just the West Indian community that we feel like doing a lot of events in the borough helps show our brand, as we’re Trinidad-born but Brooklyn-made.”

Marshall and her team have no plans to slow down with hopes to move into wholesale later this year. So keep your eyes peeled for Island Pops at your local boutique grocer this fall!


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Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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