The current weather may make it a little difficult to get excited about ice cream right now, but at least Fort Worthians have something to look forward to while they're freezing their asses off: A "farm-to-cone" ice cream shop called Melt Ice Creams is slated for the eclectic Near Southside neighborhood this spring.
Melt is the brainchild of Kari Crowe, a local photographer whose work has appeared in publications like 360 West, Paper City and Fort Worth Foodie. She revealed her plans Wednesday via her personal blog, noting that "every good neighborhood needs a good ice cream shop."
Crowe explains that she embarked on an ice cream journey last summer that took her all over the South, followed by an apprenticeship at Mason's Creamery in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked alongside the owners, shopping for produce at local farmers markets and turning it into scratch-made ice cream.
Crowe says Melt will rely heavily on local ingredients from Texas. Flavors will rotate with the seasons, but expect to see selections like sweet potato-maple, butternut squash, dark chocolate, lavender and lemon-basil, plus lactose-free sorbets; she's also hard at work on vegan flavors, and plans to make her own cones in-house.
Although she initially wanted to be on trendy Magnolia Avenue, the high rent was prohibitive for a first-time entrepreneur. Instead, she took over the space of an old coffee shop on Rosedale Avenue, and with the help of an architect she's making it her own — modern but "with a homey feel."
"Southside is such a neat place because everyone is like family. My husband and I have lived here for going on 5 years now, everybody is real collaborative and works together," says Crowe.
The Near Southside area has a decidedly more hip, less corporate feel than other major developments in Fort Worth like say, West 7th; current tenants include Magnolia Cheese Co., Ellerbe Fine Foods, Eater 38 resident Nonna Tata, Brewed, Avoca Coffee and Spiral Diner, so an artisanal ice cream shop seems like a natural fit once warm weather rolls back around.
Look for Melt to launch sometime this spring.
[Photo: Amanda Marie]