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a long time ago in a garage far, far away...

we would love to tell you that frios was made by elves, fairies, or Oompa Loompas because there is so much magic in these frozen treats on a stick (serious, serious amounts of magic but nothing illegal).

frios started in a tiny garage years ago, trying to escape the doldrums of life. we continue to try to escape the ordinary monotony by employing humans who try to live magically every day. we call ourselves “Happiness Hustlers.”

(queue any Beyonce or any song that really makes you happy, like REALLY REALLY happy.)

what's a Happiness Hustler?

The job is simple, to be bound and determined to leave people better than we found them, with a bigger smile on their faces and more joy in their hearts. This is done inclusively with a lot of smiles and a frios in their hand.

and then there was MAGIC!

Our owner Cliff bought a frios franchise in 2018, and not even a year later, he purchased the ENTIRE company. Why?

*MAGIC*

Cliff was stuck in traffic. (Queue the worst traffic jam of your life, yea, this was that kind of traffic jam.)

He saw a frios stand on the side of the road, and the MAGIC intervened.

(Do you believe in magic? We do!)

Cliff pulled off, walked up to the frios stand to escape traffic for a minute, and took a bite of his future.

a Key Lime Pie frios was chosen on this fateful day. It was Cliff’s first flavor, and it transported him to a beach in Florida and out of that crappy traffic. This is the power and magic of a frios.

Cliff was so mesmerized he called his wife and told her, “we are buying a “Popsicle” company.” Randomly buying a dessert company could sound like a crazy statement. Still, Cliff wanted in because of the moment of HAPPINESS and MAGIC it delivered to him while being stuck in traffic. The company has grown from a brick-and-mortar shop to pivoting to survive in the middle of the pandemic of 2020 to tie-dye for food trucks or ice cream trucks.

as Cliff’s vision for frios has evolved, the happiness it brings stays the same. We love rolling in our tie-dyed “Sweet Rides” to neighborhoods, events, and parties. we love to crash a good party and for sure bring the party too!

these frozen delights on a stick take you away. we have 76-year-olds and kids alike who get so excited to see our “ice cream truck” that we affectionately named it “The Sweet Ride.” we love these moments of joy, happiness, and dignity that we exchange daily with our guests. we love brain freezes, sticky fingers, and a little sugar rush; we know it comes with happiness, laughter, and a moment to SLOW THE HECK DOWN and look for the MAGIC in every damn day.

Our Team

Spreading happiness one frios at a time

Frios Pops CEO Cliff Kennedy Headshot

cliff kennedy

CEO

cliff is the captain of this ship, also the ceo, the OG.
cliff runs a lot. maybe running a lot is an understatement. he’s tough as nails. (search cliff kennedy on youtube and peep him running like forest.)
he bought a popsicle company. he is intelligent, kind, and driven.
his wife is his high school sweetheart. true love still exists.
things that make cliff happy: good red juice, aka wine, his 3 little kiddos who keep him running, (they are his world), and alabama football. he tells us all that his wife is more brilliant than him. fishing is his happy place.

frios president patti rotherfrios president patti rother

patti rother

president

patti rother is our president.
sometimes we call her madam president.
sometimes she doesn’t think we are funny. (but we are.)
patti comes to frios with years of experience and a heart of gold.
patti has an abnormally long wingspan and a photographic memory.
patti plays 256 instruments. okay, we are kidding, but she plays like five, and that’s not a lie. things that make patti happy: her daughter maya,  her wife sarah’s boisterous laugh, her epic garden, spontaneous adventures, and solitude with a good book.

adam herndon

director of operations

Adam is kind, hardworking, and fun.
He has a heart of gold and is the king of one-liners.
He comes from a big Irish family.
He’s an extrovert, and he gets terrible FOMO.
He’s a real sports fanatic.
Once he went on a 60 hour and 1-minute row trip
and only slept 3 hours in a $400 canoe.
He’s slow to anger, maybe because he loves to talk to himself?
Once, he sold his shoes for $20 bucks to a guy on the street.
He can’t stay awake, nor can he sleep.
He takes a cold shower almost every morning.

He eats red radishes and cauliflower soaked in water over the sink after sprinkling a little salt on them. (It can get a little messy.)

Things that make him incredibly happy: Good bourbon. Live music. Long hikes where he finds solitude, lots of sports, his two kind, thoughtful kiddos, and his wife he met in high school, Ashley.

frios pops chief happiness hustler ingrid schneiderfrios pops chief happiness hustler ingrid schneider

ingrid schneider

chh (chief happiness hustler)

ingrid wears a lot of sombreros.
as the “chief happiness hustler,” She’s in charge of managing marketing, building a strong, fun, and natural culture that revolves around our people and she is the creative genius behind our brand.
Ingrid is the best kind of quirky, enjoys a good belly laugh, and truly knows f-u-n! most importantly, she’s the same at work.
She’s always on the hunt for good food, adventures included.
Ingrid likes variety and has taken multiple avenues in her career, Keeping it fresh and exciting. From owning body shops, managing the biggest comedy club in the nation, to restaurant entrepreneur. You name it, she’s done it.
Ingrid loves a good challenge, loves good opportunities, and absolutely loves good-hearted people.
things that make ingrid happy: her cockapoo beatrice, an interesting podcast, music, especially live music, creative projects, an excellent deep conversation, a hearty laugh, learning something new, and coffee.

frios marketing director joseph vogtnerfrios marketing director joseph vogtner

joseph vogtner

marketing director

joseph is our marketing director.
sometimes he dances in the dark.
he is serious about alabama football and says “roll tide” often.
joseph was one of the first happiness hustlers.
joseph loves his family, like woah. he is a peacekeeper.
things that make joseph happy: his wife karen, his crusty white dog trixie, a good puzzle, kramer from seinfeld (they look alike), his faithful friends, gaming, and always good food.

Frios Pops Accounting Director Matt Cook Alternate HeadshotFrios Pops Accounting Director Matt Cook Headshot

matt cook

director of accounting

when matt grows up he wants to be a basketball coach.
he’s a slam dunk for us.
matt is the keeper of the numbers at frios.
he knows things like how many frios we have sold year to date.
he makes office-friendly bets with numbers.
matt loves basketball, numbers, equations, spreadsheets, and data. god bless the man. it’s not everyone’s strong suit.
what makes matt happy? his wife morgan, their daughter raelynn, and dog louie. catch matt fishing to decompress. also, if you are playing five-card stud, invite him, sorry if he takes your money. we warned you.

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olivia dandapa

director of pops

Olivia is quiet but fierce.
Don’t mess with her.
She is the queen of the “Happiness Heroes.”
The heroes make our pops, and there are no “Happiness Hustlers” and a lot less happiness throughout the land without pops.
We always find Olivia drinking Coke Zero or some iced coffee; she may be a caffeine addict.
Olivia is a natural at her job because she loves to cook and bake, even after she gets off work.
If you see her driving down the street with her husband, they are most likely jamming out to their favorite Indonesian songs.
Things that make Olivia HAPPY: going to the movies with her husband Rendi (Movies about space make her EXTRA happy.) Her cat Opal is extra fluffy, Kentucky basketball (We won’t tell anyone in Mobile.) Sleeping in on Saturday. Spending time with her friends and family, who mostly live far away. (She’s super loyal.)
We are thankful to have this strong woman on our team.

Our flavors

time to unleash your inner peter pan.

Our franchise

we’re in the happiness business.

and cousin, business is a-boomin’.