Fans of the nifty gourmet popsicle shop Pop Culture should get there to enjoy all of the pops before the end of November--that's when Jason Mitchell will have close up his shop and move out.
Mitchell posted on PopCulture's Facebook page today that he will close by the end of the month since the Medical Arts building's owner, Tom Grace, plans to convert it into a residential building.
Grace did not return calls for comment today, but stay tuned.
Mitchell said he was notified of this change in plans on Wednesday.
"I was told I could be out anytime," Mitchell said, but as floors of the building clear out and the gutting begins, water and power may be turned off. "There's no point in me sticking around."
But fear not, pop lovers. Mitchell's not going anywhere.
"This is not an excuse for me to say 'well, I tried and now I've got to shut down,'" he said. In fact, he's been looking around for new premises for PopCulture. "I've just been wandering around downtown looking at what's available [to rent]," he said.
Still, the news of the Medical Arts building's conversion to residential space comes as a surprise and a bit of a setback for Mitchell, who had planned on establishing a downtown location before branching out to the west side of town. Now, he said, that plan may have to be reversed.
"If I do move out west, you're talking about a strip mall. It just doesn't have the same atmosphere [as downtown]," he siad.
In the meantime, Mitchell said he'll still be available to cater for events, he just "won't be actively soliciting new business in the next few months."
The timing of the building changes, while disappointing, is as convenient as it possibly could be since the popsicle business tends to slow down in the chillier months. Mitchell said he'll reopen as soon as possible in a new location no later than March 1.