"There's already been a few kind of regular-ish people that have come in," said co-owner Jeff Ziga. "They're just very excited to have an ice cream shop around there."
Ziga and his partners, Pete Angevine and Martin Brown, who opened their first location on Frankford Avenue in Kensington, chose to expand into Cedar Park after feeling it out last summer with their mobile operation - a customized tricycle. Sales of their wholesale products have also done well at nearby Mariposa Food Co-op.
"It just sort of became obvious that the reception from the people that lived out there was pretty good. We were fortunate enough there was a property available," said Ziga, who grew up in Havertown. "We liked the building and it was in the neighborhood we wanted to go to."
The neighborhood is buzzing with new development. Located across the street from Cedar Park, the shop is two doors down from Hibiscus, a vegetarian and smoothie eatery that opened last August, and a stone's throw from Dock Street Brewing Co. The area connects University City with the rest of West Philadelphia.
"I think it's a really diverse and growing area," said Angevine, a Temple grad. "It's diverse culturally, ethnically, in terms of age, income. And so, along with that, I think there's a pretty embedded openness people have in West Philadelphia because there's all sort of people living side by side.
"I think our products do require some openness because some of our flavors are uncommon or unusual."
Andrews, who came to the shop on its first day, said he appreciates the high-quality ingredients that allow him to indulge even with diabetes.
Andrews said he has also brought a friend with him each day since the opening, adding, "Ice cream is meant to be a social event."
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