Gourmet popsicle shop coming to Gainesville


Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.

What began as a humble popsicle stand in St. Augustine has flourished into a full popsicle shop, now expanding to downtown Gainesville.

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops will feature fresh, homemade popsicles with seasonal flavors ranging from Pumpkin Cheesecake to Cranberry Habanero. The shop also will serve coffee that’s brewed with cold water, known as “cold brew,” a smoother option to regular coffee.

Owner Stephen DiMare, a University of Florida graduate, said he is excited to bring a Florida-born and fairly local addition to the Gainesville scene. He said there will be as many as 40 pop flavors available, and the selection will change every couple of weeks.

The Hyppo will be moving into the space underneath the Hampton Inn downtown with plans to open mid-December, he said. Pops cost around $3 each.

Cafe C

On Halloween morning, an elderly driver crashed through the patio of Café C at 424 NW Eighth Ave., causing severe damage to the restaurant. Workers were preparing to open the restaurant at the time of the incident, but no one was hurt, owner Leah Sherer said.

The restaurant closed its doors for repairs and reopened on Nov. 4. Café C is now up and running as usual.

Sherer said there is still construction going on in the back of the restaurant, which limits customer capacity, but that the repairs should be done before Thanksgiving.

The quirky café serves salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and its signature blueberry iced tea. Live music welcomes guests every Sunday for brunch.

Bahn Thai

Bahn Thai is moving to 1023 W. University Ave., former home of Italian restaurant Bella Donna’s.

The Thai restaurant is expected to reopen in early December, owner Aung Chun said.

Bahn Thai opened in 1989 and was at 1902 SW 13th St. Chun and his wife, Moe Chun, took over the restaurant about three years ago.

The restaurant’s menu will continue to offer authentic Thai food, adding special deals such as lunch specials ranging from $6 to $8, he said.

Chun said the restaurant is in a better location and will have late-night hours.

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