It’s the end of the road for Georgetown’s Six Strawberries popsicle shop, which will shutter after business hours tomorrow. Husband-and-wife owners Will Lemke and Vanessa Resler decided after five years in business that it was time to move on, and announced the closure via Facebook.
Lemke tells Eater that the birth of the couple’s daughter, who is now seven months old, was the deciding factor. “We’re first time parents, and my wife is working two jobs right now,” he says. “I wanted to be a staple in the city 30 years from now but our priorities have changed and there was just no way I saw a viability in running a business without having to sacrificing my home life.”
Lemke says he was making popsicles each night after his daughter went to sleep — and that kind of work schedule just wasn’t sustainable.
Six Strawberries sold its first frozen treats — dairy-free and made with local ingredients — via bicycle cart in 2012, later upgrading to a vintage van. The business expanded considerably from there, selling popsicles at scores of local grocery stores and from a brick-and-mortar shop at 6564 5th Ave S. in Georgetown.
In preparation for the closure, Lemke says he is “furiously making as many pops as I can,” to use up all the organic fruit he’s bought. He’ll sell the popsicles today and tomorrow, potentially until around 9 p.m. to coincide with tomorrow’s Georgetown Art Attack event. Get them while they’re, er, hot.