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WHERE OUR JOURNEY BEGAN

Padrinos Pops was first established in Nashville, Tennessee in June of 2014, but that is not where our story began.

Padrino's Pops comes from a long legacy of Paleteros, or popsicles experts, from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico beginning in the early 1980's.

Today, Padrino's Pops is an accomplished reality of the American dream.

The Beginning

It All Starts With Faith

While raising a lower class family of 15 children, my grandfather, Jose Mendoza, knew he had to do something to take his own family out of poverty. Then while using all of his life savings, and with much faith, he bought 2 local paleterias and gave them to his oldest son, Geronimo Mendoza, so he could provide for the family.

Later, in February of 1980, Geronimo opened up his paleteria,

La Flor de Michoacan.

With the help and support of his wife, Dora Maria, Geronimo was able to successfully open up his first two paleterias in Mexico.

In February of 1980, my parents, Geronimo and Dora, were able to open up the very first paleteria in  Saltillo Mexico. 

The first ever paleteria opened by Geronimo

1980

2014

Padrino's Pops  was brought to Tennessee!

After years of planning, I was able to open up my first paleteria in Nashville, TN.

To this day, all of our paletas are made the traditional way, using only real fruit and locally sourced cream, but most special of all, all of our paletas are still made with our original family recipes dated back to the 1980's

 

It was hard to let go of our store front, but we knew that in order for Padrino's Pops to grow it was time to pursue something bigger!

And so, Padrino's Pops became mobile!

Padrinos Pops became 

Mobile

2016

Who IS

PADRINOS POPS?

Our Mission 

Our mission is to continue sharing the love and passion of Geronimo through our paletas, while also providing a traditional and authentic taste of our culture to you all by only utilizing fresh ingredients in our paletas. 
 

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Our Name

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"Padrino" in Spanish means Godfather.

While messing around the dinner table trying to come up with a great name for our upcoming paleteria, we all joked about how Geronimo resembles Don Vito from the famous mafia film of The Godfather.

Therefore, as inspired by the famous mafia film, we named our paleteria Padrino's Pops.  In honor of my father, Geronimo, being The Godfather of our paletas.

In fact, our original logo was inspired by the film!

Our Own Legacy

We are proud to claim that we are 100% family owned and operated.
We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve our community with a delicious treat, as well as the opportunity to honor and share a piece of our family and culture to you all. 


                                                         Thank You Middle Tennessee,
                                                    -Lorena & Yazka