On the menu: Relax this summer at Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

As you enter the quaint and cheerful ice cream shop at the corner of Grand Avenue and Cass Street, your sense of smell seems to play tricks on you as an intimate aroma of baked goodies and warm spices permeates the air.

Dave Wright, owner/operator of the fledgling Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co., said he enjoys adding personal touches to the fun dining experience “that puts it above the giant corporate ice cream chains.”

Starting with the aromatic waffle cones he bakes daily, the whipped cream he whips up in-house, the collection of vintage scoops of ice cream accessorizing the walls, and the giant ice cream-flavored surfboard that hangs behind. the register, there is a lot of atmosphere.

Dave Wright, owner of Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

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This is his first foray into the frozen treat business after Wright Lickety parted ways from the rocky road of stand-up comedy for the silky smooth life as a master craftsman of ice cream. This is not a joke !

In 2018, Wright received intensive ice cream tutelage from her parents, who own an award-winning store in Nevada City, Calif. They taught him the ropes of making ice cream and developing a solid business plan.

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Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

Address: 1010 Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach

Hours: from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday.

Website: PBIceCreamCo.com

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In 2020, Wright also graduated from The Scoop School in Chesterfield, Missouri, where he earned degrees in ice cream manufacturing and business operations.

Thanks to all that hard work and a warming summer, plus creative flavors, quality ingredients, attention to detail, and a mighty take from Megan Elise Varela, a TikTok influencer whom Wright met. at the Scoop Ice Cream Festival in North Park this past June, “activity has tripled since the start of the year”.

PB locals, tourists and other San Diego locals line up for a scoop (or two or three) of Wright’s small batch, artisan frozen treats, ’embracing the concept my dad started and I continue to bring back the classic flavors before the companies take over,” he said.

Some popular flavors include his father’s famous mint chip which combines farm-fresh spearmint with dark chocolate flakes; Julian Dutch Apple Pie, which incorporates a whole pie in a sweet cream base; Whiskey Skrewball; peanut butter cookie; chocolate covered strawberry; Sassy Root Beer “which looks like an old-fashioned root beer float without the float”, and Saffron Rose Pistachio. He said the latter was “one of the most expensive ice creams to make”, mixing threads of Spanish saffron, rose water and pistachio chunks.

Many flavors of ice cream are served in cones made on-site at the Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

Many flavors of ice cream are served in cones made on-site at the Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

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Wright becomes poetic as he details the indulgent experience: “The first flavor that hits the palate is the floral essence of rosewater, then the woodiness of pistachio and ends with the unique flavor that cannot be described. than like saffron.”

In addition to its usual flavors, the ice cream maker alternates with seasonal flavors like Basil, Alesmith Speedway Stout Beer with gingerbread essence, Spicy Mango with a hint of cayenne and Kahlua Espresso Martini with tiramisu ribbons, a collaboration with the chef at Barre Flamingo Deck in PB.

Wright also creates a different take on cookie dough each month like Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet Cookie, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut to keep things exciting.

“We make one of the best Oreo ice creams ever,” Wright boasts. “The concept of adding chunks of stuff to vanilla ice cream is lazy, so I first make a base using the ingredients, then add chunks of the ingredient into the base.”

Many toppings including fresh whipped cream, caramel syrup and a cherry are options at the Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

Many toppings including fresh whipped cream, caramel syrup and a cherry are options at the Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

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The ice cream parlor also offers dairy-free options made with coconut cream with seasonal flavors such as chai, lavender, peanut butter, and coconut with coconut flakes.

But there is more.

Growing up on the East Coast, living just 30 minutes south of Philadelphia, Wright fondly remembers people queuing for blocks on a summer day for a cup of soft serve ice cream called “popsicle.” which sounded like “woods ice” with the dialect, says Wright. He hauled this “perfect summer time, dairy-free frozen treat that looks like sherbet” to the beach in San Diego.

“(It’s) just a mix of fruit, sugar, water and a bit of magic,” Wright said.

Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co. is located at 1010 Grand Ave.

Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co. is located at 1010 Grand Ave.

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It alternates flavors based on seasonal fruits available at the Pacific Beach Farmer’s Market, but some favorites include Eureka Lemon Ice with lemon zest chunks, blood orange, black cherry, and herbal butterfly pea flour and refreshing from Thailand with a base of lychee fruit. .

Servings are available in Child’s Spoon, Single Spoon, Two Flavor Slotted Spoon, and Double Spoon, which can also be two flavors in a zip sugar cone, crispy cake cone, homemade waffle cone, or mug. Topping lovers can indulge in fudge or caramel sauce, Mexican cocoa powder, traditional candies, gummies and chocolate chips or free rainbow “jimmies” for the kids. There are also Sundaes and Tuesdaes, the latter being a children’s version with sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top.

The ice cream innovator has even concocted a special flavor for your sweet-toothed furry friends in collaboration with Noah’s Natural Pet Market. The frozen dog treat combines gut-friendly raw goat’s milk with unsalted peanut butter, avocado pulp and pasteurized egg yolks, good for a shiny coat.

A wide assortment of flavors are available at the Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

A wide assortment of flavors are available at the Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

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Customers can enjoy the many frozen treats on the sea-breezed sidewalk benches along the front alley of the shop, or grab and go with a pre-packaged pint.

Wright, a champion small business owner, also uses only local and California suppliers for his mint, dairy, sugar and other ingredients. It’s mission is to empower moms and pops against corporate giants and become “the neighborhood ice cream shop to make customers feel truly welcome and enjoy the experience that’s deeply ingrained in the fabric of our culture”.

In homage to the comedic prowess of Dave Wright, here’s another joke for the road:

“Why do ice cream cones carry umbrellas on dull days?”

“In case it sprinkles!”

And that’s the whole scoop!

Recipe by Pacific Beach Ice Cream Co.

Fresh whipped cream

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp heavy whipped cream

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger powder or any other desired spices (optional)

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate.

— Courtesy of Dave Wright

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