by Alyse Mier July 25, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

A cafe and popsicle shop in Adams Morgan closed early today after the ongoing heat wave fried its air conditioner.

Pleasant Pops (1781 Florida Ave. NW) closed its doors at 11 a.m. after its air conditioner stopped working earlier this morning, said owner Roger Horowitz.

Although it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the unit to break down, Horowitz blamed it on the heat wave.

“The problem is that it’s the hottest day of the year and everyone’s air conditioner is breaking,” Horowitz said.

Temperatures in the District are expected to skyrocket throughout the day today. According to the National Weather Service, the mercury could reach 100 degrees this afternoon, which is bad news for a popsicle business with a broken air conditioner.

Store employees moved juice, yogurt and other perishable goods to a back room cooler this morning.

“We’re just not going to reopen until this is fixed,” Horowitz added. “Some people are coming here to beat the heat and that’s not exactly what’s happening.”

The Pleasant Pops at 731 15th St. NW is still currently open.

by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Pleasant Pops pop (Photo via Pleasant Pops)

Move over candy corn and fun-size Snickers. Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan has free cookies and cream and strawberry ginger lemonade pops for young trick-or-treaters.

The shop at 1781 Florida Ave. NW is handing out complimentary frozen treats to all costumed kids, who are accompanied by adults, according to a Pleasant Pops representative. But an adult must buy something at the store to receive the pop on the house.

Pleasant Pops is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday on Halloween.

Photo via Pleasant Pops

by Jared Holt June 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

The proprietors behind Adams Morgan ice pop eatery Pleasant Pops opened their second store today.

The shop is located downtown at 733 15th Street NW and sells an assortment of frozen juice pops in flavors such as strawberry, ginger lemonade, cookies and cream, and orange chai.

The new location also serves coffee drinks and pastries.

“I think on the weekend we’ll have a lot of tourist traffic, fingers crossed,” said Hannah Smith, general manager of the 15th Street location. “I think we’ve been well-received and anticipated by our neighbors.”

by October 4, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,506 0

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]

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This Sunday is Pleasant Pops’ Grand Opening Celebration. (Luis Gomez Photos)

In celebration of its grand opening on Sunday.

Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café will host a Sidewalk Party this Sunday, October 7,  from 2 to 5 pm in honor of its official grand opening at 1781 Florida Avenue NW (the corner of California Avenue and Florida Avenue NW).

DC Mayor Vincent Gray will participate on the ribbon cutting on Saturday, October 6, at 1 pm as a  start of the weekend celebration of Pleasant Pops grand opening.

The pop shop will have free samples of its own Opal Basil Lemonade pop, plus goods from local vendors its store now carries, including Route 11 Chips, Gordy’s Pickles and Langdon Wood Whiskey Aged Maple Syrup. The party will also have music, cornhole and other games, prizes and the shop’s full menu café drinks and eats for sale.

The café offers not only an array of seasonal popscicles, but also a full café bar, sandwich and salad menu and baked goods. Local business such as Blind Dog Café, Soupergirl and Goldilocks Goodies are just some of the few featured brands in the café’s mini-market.

The Farmhouse Market and Café had a soft opening on September 15 and is open seven days a week. Official hours and updates can be found on their website and Facebook page.

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by September 17, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,072 0

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Pleasant Pops owners Brian Sykora and Roger Horowitz. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Samanata von Ende. Follow her at @sammiwise.

Brian Sykora and Roger Horowitz are the new guys in town. Not literally, but their new specialty store, Pleasant Pops, just opened Saturday at its sole location at 1781 Florida Avenue NW, the corner of Florida and California.

Pleasant Pops is the brain child of Sykora and Horowitz, who met their freshman year in college at UNC and who’ve been known around the area the past couple of years for their delicious, seasonal popsicle flavors. Pleasant Pops, which previously served loyal customers out of a food truck, sources local ingredients from DC farmers markets, and has since its founding a few years ago as a single push-cart at those same markets.

When asked about Pops’ success and the principles behind its inception, Sykora remarked that the use of sustainable technology and fresh, local ingredients to make seasonally-rotating flavors seemed “an obvious choice.” Pleasant Pops’ environmental-consciousness — picture compost disposal bins and tablets as cash registers — is a reflection of the founders’ sincere love of the outdoors, and a commitment to sustainability.

Sykora and Horowitz remain committed to these original principles and have exercised this commitment in every aspect of their project. Pleasant Pops may specialize in popsicles but it also sells local, award-winning ceremony coffee, along with local maple syrup, dairy and egg products, nuts, noodles, honey and a slew of other items. Pops is proud of its community backing and is devoted to returning the support. The store boasts furniture, design, signage, and composting materials from local artists and vendors in line with its self-described “local first philosophy.”

Located directly next to a capital bikeshare station, Pleasant Pops is an enticing option for a late summer cool down. The restaurant offers ample indoor and outdoor seating and serves up salads and sandwiches alongside their specialty popsicles. Definitely make sure to get what you have come for though. Try the peach and ginger or cinnamon vanilla peach for fresh, straightforward, delectable complexity. It is like being suddenly transported to all of your favorite ages, all at once, in your mouth. Amazing. And an obvious choice.

Pleasant Pops is open seven days a week. For more information, visit

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