The pops struck a chord with locals and tourists alike looking for an alternative treat to enjoy on those blazing summer days. The community came out in force to support one of their own on a new, if quaint, venture. Millions of ice pops later, the Hyppo expanded into a new space on a corner in downtown St. Augustine and continued to vend fresh pops to the downtown crowd. The pops are all now made on larger, much more efficient pieces of equipment that exist in the back of The Hyppo Cafe, a shop in midtown St. Augustine that brings the life and vibrancy of fresh foods to the genres of sandwiches, confections, and coffee. The Hyppo continues to delight customers with inventive combinations afforded by simple ingredients.
Entrepreneur Stephen DiMare began The Hyppo as a humble ice pop stand in historic downtown Saint Augustine in 2010. Seeking to combine local-in-season produce and herbs in delightful new ways. DiMare's pops became instantly popular with locals, students, and visitors alike. With unusual flavors like Cucumber Lemon Mint, Melon & Cracked Pepper, and Elvis (peanut butter, honey, and banana) it was only a matter of time before DiMare's culinary creativity leapfrogged the deep freezer into sandwiches, salads, and gourmet coffee drinks.
So why The Hyppo, you ask? Our hometown, Saint Augustine, was named such because it was discovered on the day of the Feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo. So, when our founder sat pondering a place for Saint Augustinians to feast on the freshest local/fresh produce, it seemed only right to name it after our city's patron saint: or rather, a certain hungry animal that he happened to share a moniker with. Our flagship store sits on Hypolita Street, so we adopted a 'y' instead of an 'i' to make sure everyone knows we are 100% home-grown.