“A s a stay-at-home mom for 16 years, I had been itching to start my own business,” says Jupiter resident Shelley Megathlin. “I finally just did it.” She launched Pop Shack 561 in April 2021, and her handmade vegan popsicles were an instant hit among locals. “I always wanted my own juice shop, and one day I saw a picture of a girl with a very gourmet-looking ice pop, and it caught my eye,” she recalls. “I started searching to see if there was anything like that in our area and found nothing, so I got to work in my kitchen. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was determined to figure it out.” She experimented with flavors, asking her husband and neighbors for feedback. “Once I kept getting ratings of 8 to 10, I knew I was onto something,” she says.
Her most popular flavors are pineapple basil, blueberry lavender, and chocolate sea salt. The pops—which she prepares at the Vegan Collective Kitchen in Lake Park—are now stocked at places like Ferro Via in Jupiter, Carve Surf & Coffee in Tequesta, Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Pineapple Kidz in Palm Beach Gardens, and the Ital Bowls food truck in Stuart. Her popsicle cart also makes regular appearances at local green markets and Downtown at the Gardens.