“Cinfolk,” I ask interesting Cincinnati people doing interesting
Cincinnati things questions I’d never get to ask for a traditional news
story; the more interviews I do as a writer, the more I find myself
daydreaming about what makes these people tick, aside from what I'd usually get to share in a traditional news story. For the inaugural Cinfolk blog featuring German Lopez, click here.
If you don't have cabin fever by this time of the year, you probably moved here from Siberia, the Arctic Tundra or Wisconsin, in which case you're used to mind- and body-numbing misery and cold weather year-round. We're glad you escaped. For the rest of us, it's getting really old coming into work with frozen strands of hair, never having a good reason to drink a margarita, wear a sundress, roll down the windows or eat a popsicle.
That's about all I'm thinking about these days, in fact, which is why I got in touch with Sara Bornick, founder and owner of streetpops, freelance graphic designer and proud owner of her very own EasyBake oven.
Anyone who's ever been lucky enough to have their teeth stained or a shirt dribbled on by one of Sara Bornick's gourmet, quirky and preservative-free ice pops understands that the transition from winter to spring just can't be complete until every Cincinnatian has the chance to buy the daintily packaged treats from her modest, funky little retro streetpops storefront in Over-the-Rhine.
According to Bornick, who’s been busy preparing for a new streetpops season, she and her cart-toting team will be selling pops again on Final Friday, March 29. Look out for new pop flavors (like cookies and cream, butter pecan and maybe a chocolate olive oil pop crafted from imported Italian olive oil).
Hannah McCartney: What was your favorite toy when you were a little kid? Sara Bornick: For years I asked for an Easy-Bake oven, but never actually got one ... until I was about 25, as a joke. I was really into LEGOs as a kid, and anything outdoors.
HM: Dog person or cat person? Why? SB: Dog! Especially my Boston Terrier, Parker (aka Parker Pantalones).
HM: Did you have a nickname when you were a kid/in college/now? What was its significance? SB: When I was a kid I was nicknamed "Bugs" because I had to have a lot of teeth pulled before I had braces on, so for a good year or so I only had my two front teeth.
HM: Have you ever met a celebrity? If not, who would you want to meet? SB: I met chef-celebrity Richard Blais when he was in town on the Top Chef tour. It was right before we launched streetpops in 2011. We talked about a pop place in Atlanta that he loves and using liquid nitrogen to make pops.
HM: Tell me one guilty pleasure artist on your music player. SB: Eighties hair bands/rock ballads — Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses.