WHERE OUR JOURNEY BEGAN
Padrino's 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!
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 was opened by Geronimo
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!
Padrino's Pops became mobile