For the last year, Kait Reiley has been crafting and selling PopCycles -- her handmade, locally sourced ice pops to residents of Alaska's largest city -- all while riding on “Millie,” her custom-built lime green Schwinn fixed-gear bike, which she loads up with icy treats to send out to the masses.
So far, it seems to be well received. On a typical Saturday at the Spenard Farmers Market, Reiley will sell hundreds of pops to ice-starved Alaskans. She has a loyal following of PopCycle addicts, who sometimes make rounds of downtown Anchorage in hopes of catching Reiley on her bicycle.
As far as she knows, Reiley is the only bike business roving Anchorage and likely all of Alaska. Reiley has been hitting the streets, parks and markets of Anchorage for the last year, offering up “traditional” flavors like lime, coconut and blueberry, but from there, things get a little wild. Flavors like lemon ginger mint, latte, key lime pie and peach cardamom make regular appearances. She's working on creating a crabapple, cucumber mojito and banana-maple pudding pops. So far, Reiley has a total of 25 rotating flavors, with more in the works.
“I make ones up as I go,” she said.