July is known for many things—perfect weather, food festivals, and countless outdoor activities. The fact that July also happens to be National Ice Cream Month puts the cherry on top of this extra sweet (horrible pun intended) month. Here at Ethnic Seattle we thought, ‘what better way to celebrate than highlighting our favorite minority, women, and people of color (POC)-owned businesses?’ So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We are featuring at least two great local ice cream spots everyday—up until National Ice Cream Day on July 16—so that you can celebrate right.

Veronica Yu
July 14, 2017

For Day 3 of Ethnic Seattle’s National Ice Cream Month celebration, we present three ice cream spots that champion local, fresh, seasonal ingredients and are deeply rooted in their respective communities. Food is a powerful force that draws people together and connects folks to the environment from which ingredients are produced. Read on to find out how these local shops use flavors to converse with the greater Seattle area and create space for organic and meaningful conversations.

Central District Ice Cream Company

 Photos via Central District Ice Cream Company’s Instagram.   

The latest Seattle venture from Portland food truck veterans Darren and Kristine McGill has quickly become a loved member of the Seattle ice cream and Central District communities. Every month, eight new flavors are made in small batches and feature local, seasonal ingredients when possible. July flavors are Elote, Kiwi Lime Pie, Miso Caramel, Oreo Red Velvet, Peach Rose Basil, Sweet Saba Banana, Vanilla Roasted Plum, and dairy free Cucumber Watermelon Coconut. For the month of August, ice cream lovers can VOTE to bring favorite flavors from past months, like Hood Famous Ube Cheesecake and Philz Mint Mojito, back to the shop. Be sure to weigh in on this delicious debate! We love Central District Ice Cream Company because of their focus on community: they feature local art and music every First Thursday of the month as part of the #IceCreamThursdae series and also collaborate with other small businesses to bring treats like Krystel’s Confections macarons to our taste buds. What more could we ask for?

Try the: Peach Rose Basil and the Miso Caramel, or any of the other eight July flavors in the next two weeks before they are gone.

Hours/Location: Summer hours are noon-9pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday) in the Central District at 2016 E Union St. Seattle WA 98122. Be sure to stop in on the first Thursday of each month 6-9pm for the shop’s #IceCreamThursdae series. 

Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery


Photos via Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery’s Instagram. 

Students at the University of Washington are familiar with this creamery and specialty cake shop owned and operated by Lois Kwangmie Ko. Located right on The Ave, Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery crafts each and every ice cream flavor from scratch in small batches. They gather fruit from local farms and even harvest honey from the UW Horticulture Department’s bee farm for the appropriately named “UW Honey” flavor. Because flavors are made in small batches and depend on the availability of ingredients, flavors rotate daily. The shop recommends calling in at 206-632-0243 to ensure the flavor you’re looking for is available before you stop in.

Try the: Jitter Bars, featuring homemade espresso shortbread and espresso caramel, and the Blueberry Lavender made with fresh berries from Remlinger Farms.

Hours/Location: Open daily from 11am-11pm on The Ave at 4301 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. You can also find them 3-7pm on Thursdays at the Lake City Farmers’ Market.

Sugar Plum Sweet Shop

Photos via Sugar Plum Sweet Shop’s Instagram


Chef Makini Howell, known and loved in Seattle for vegan restaurant Plum Bistro and food truck Plum Burgers, takes on the sweets scene with Sugar Plum Sweet Shop. This organic, vegan ice creamery offers ice creams, custards, sherbets, and sorbets as well as an assortment of pastries with gluten free options. The key to vegan ice cream is utilizing a wide range of milks like oat, soy, hemp, and coconut, depending on the flavor of ice cream being made. According to their website, the Plum family of eateries strives to make a plant-based diet accessible to everyone through delicious food and a sustainable business model. With mouth-watering flavors like Golden Ginger Milk custard and Smoked Apricot London Fog sorbet, we say bring on the plants, Plum!

Try the: Avocado Blackberry Cheesecake (gluten free) and the Grilled Peach Vanilla Bean with fresh thyme.

Hours/Location: Open every day from 2-9pm on Capitol Hill at 324 15th Ave E Seattle, WA 98112.

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