Laurie Harrison and her Le Pops creations

The exotic Le Pops ice-treat offerings — in shades of Cucumber Jalapeno, Creamy Avocado and Salted Caramel, among others — are already on the menu at Pizza Cafe, Argenta Market and the Little Rock Athletic Club Cool Down Cafe. Since August, Le Pops has operated out of the Palette Catering headquarters, where Laurie Harrison fills both distributor orders and her vendor cart. Le Pops have made appearances at the Food Truck Festival and at local craft fairs and farmers’ markets. But Le Pops is about to gain a more visible presence in the Little Rock gastronomic scene. On February 15, tentatively, Le Pops will celebrate the grand opening of its River Market shop. What began as a hobby spawned by a chance encounter with homemade pops, has become a full fledged family owned business.

It started with a couple of couples and a public school reading specialist who loves to cook. Laurie Harrison and her husband Charles, a lawyer with McMath Woods, have an 11-year-old daughter named Emma. And Emma is obsessed with popsicles. On a Florida vacation, Laurie and Emma encountered, gourmet ice pops made from local produce. Laurie thought, “We have nothing like this in Central Arkansas.” She decided to make her own ice pops.