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 (today!)—so that you can celebrate right.

Veronica Yu
July 16, 2017

The day is finally here; happy National Ice Cream Day! Hopefully you’ve been indulging in all the delicious frozen treats that Seattle has to offer—both today and long after. On the last day of our ice cream feature series, we present three local, family-owned shops with intriguing names. What’s in a name? Read on to find out.

Mora Iced Creamery

Photos via Mora Iced Creamery’s Instagram

If you’re looking for a sweet summer adventure, hop on a quick 35-minute ferry to Bainbridge Island to sample any of the 46 flavors of ice cream at Mora Iced Creamery. Owners Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez have brought their passion for handcrafted ice cream from Buenos Aires, Argentina to the Pacific Northwest Island. According to their website, the couple named the iced creamery Mora, which means blackberry in both Italian and Spanish, because Bainbridge is “an emerald beauty and home to the blackberry.” As much thought is poured into Mora’s ice cream as was put into the shop’s name; recipes are meticulously developed and tested, and flavors are stored in individual temperature-controlled compartments to ensure each one’s ideal conditions. Mora’s wide assortment of seasonal flavors, from creamy chocolates to fruity sorbets, will have you hopping on the next ferry to come back for more-a!

Try the: Signature Blackberry (MORA), Dulce de Leche–Buenos Aires, and Gianduja which originates from Italy and is made from roasted hazelnuts to produce a Nutella-like flavor.

Hours/Location: Summer hours are 11:30am-9:30pm Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-10pm on Friday, and 10am-10pm on Saturday. Located at 139 Madrone Lane on Bainbridge Island, a short walk from the ferry terminal. Additional locations in Kingston and Poulsbo, WA.


Fainting Goat Gelato

Photos via Fainting Goat Gelato’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faintinggoatgelatoseattle/.

The handcrafted gelato at this family-owned shop is so good that you may just faint from excitement—an actual concern for goats with a condition that causes their muscles to stiffen when excited about mealtime. Fainting Goat Gelato’s website lists 41 gelato and 19 sorbetto options, but the shop rotates flavors daily as all of their products are made fresh in small batches with organic milk from Fresh Breeze Farms. The shop is owned and operated by Yalcin and Sevim Ataman, who moved to Seattle from Turkey in 1997 and realized their gelato dreams with the opening of their Wallingford location in 2009. Since then, the family has opened a second Fainting Goat Gelato in Fremont and continues to deliver the highest quality product to their neighborhoods. Look out for seasonal flavors featuring locally sourced seasonal fruits.

Try the: Mastic (goat milk) gelato and Bilberry sorbetto.

Hours/Location: Open noon-10pm Sunday-Thursday and noon-11pm Friday-Saturday at 1903 N 45th St. in Wallingford and 3415 Fremont Ave. N in Fremont.


Nutty Squirrel Gelato

Photos via Nutty Squirrel Gelato’s Instagram.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato is owned and operated by Alev and Tolga Seymen, veterans to the gelato scene, as Alev is the daughter of Fainting Goat Gelato owners Yalcin and Sevim Ataman. The shop’s name reflects both the product and the community, pointing out the fresh nuts used to make the gelato and calling on the furry animal that scurries about our evergreen environment. Gelato and sorbetto are both made fresh and flavors rotate daily, so be sure to call in or check the Nutty Squirrel Gelato’s Facebook for the current flavor roster. Also, look out for specialty items like handmade gelato popsicles and affogato (gelato topped with two shots of fresh-brewed espresso). Planning on hosting a party and need dessert to make it sweeter? Nutty Squirrel caters events with their bright red tricycle named Strawberry, so you can have gelato on the go. Scurry in to any of their three locations to see why people are nuts about Nutty Squirrel.

Try the: Sea Salt Caramel gelato (French caramel with Maldon sea salt flakes) and Blueberry Lemonade sorbetto.

Hours/Location: Open noon-9pm daily at 7212 Greenwood Ave. N in Phinney Ridge, at 2425 33rd Ave. W in Magnolia, and at 26636 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE in Maple Valley.

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