10 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops You Should Know

Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day, so it’s only right that we share some of our favorite black-owned ice cream shops around the country. The following businesses serve the best in all things frozen from soft ice cream to frozen yogurt and custard. If you know of an amazing black-owned ice cream shop or brand that should be added, comment below!


Brooklyn Bell

Brooklyn Bell

Husband and wife duo Ron and Kati Cunningham founded Brooklyn Bell in 2011. You can find anything from sweet potato pound cake to freshly-made ice cream and smoothies at their brick and mortar location in Brooklyn. Their ice cream is also available for purchase online and various stores in New York City.

Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn Swirl

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Owned by Jean and Gayna Alerte, Brooklyn Swirl serves some of the best frozen yogurt in Brooklyn. Although the shop specializes in healthy froyo with a variety of flavors, toppings and syrups, you can also enjoy their fresh smoothies, coffee, and crepes.

Location: Brooklyn, NY


Dream Cream Ice Cream

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Owned by Thomas Jamison and Alecia Shipman, Dream Cream Ice Cream allows you to live out your dreams one scoop at a time. They serve a wide variety of ice cream flavors from Banana Cream Pie to Strawberry Cheesecake. Selected “dreamers” are allowed to create their own flavor to raise money for their cause. At the end of the month they receive a portion of the sales from that flavor. Beyond amazing!

Location: Pittsburgh, PA


Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats

Goodies Frozen Custard

“Goodies” is Washington D.C.’s first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery” paying homage to the Rock & Roll era. Creating old-fashioned Frozen Custard and treats in a 60 year-old “Made in America” Metro Van.

Location: Oxon Hill, MD


Hanks Ice Cream Parlor


Hank Wiggins and his wife Okemah opened their ice cream parlor in September of 1985. Today, the parlor is still owned by the Wiggins family and serves super-premium ice cream flavors the old-fashioned way: slowly, by hand, and using fresh ingredients.

Location: Houston, TX


Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

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Mikey Likes It Ice Cream combines the best, locally sourced ingredients from New York to create a product that is new, refreshing and unlike any other in today’s food industry. If that isn’t good enough, they donate a percentage of each purchase to help schools facilitate educational and recreational trips.

Location: New York, NY


Miyako Ice Cream


Miyako Ice Cream serves old fashion ice cream in a variety of flavors as well as candy, sandwiches, and more. If you ask around, you’ll probably hear others rave about their friendly service and flavorful locally-made ice cream. You can find the shop in San Francisco’s Fillmore District.

Location: San Francisco, CA


Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream

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Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream dishes out some of the most distinctive ice cream on the South Side. Owned by local Yahya Muhammad, the menu includes everything from apple cobbler topped with honey-cinnamon-graham-cracker ice cream to cookies-and-cream ice cream.

Location: Chicago, IL


Taharka Brothers Ice Cream

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream

Founded in 2010, Taharka Brothers is a small-batch, socially sourced producer of mouth-watering gourmet ice cream and sorbet in a variety of flavors ranging from the classic to the adventurous. Influenced by the civil rights movement, each flavor is named after a social activist who shaped the market. The Baltimore-based ice cream company is managed and operated primarily by college-aged young adults of color. Their overall goal is to use ice cream to uplift and inspire social justice.

Location: Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland.
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Located in Chicago, ZBerry is a self-serve frozen yogurt and sorbet bar. Serving everything from sorbet with fresh fruits to smoothies and warm treats. Owned by Zenzile Powell.

Location: Chicago, IL


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  • Epi SAYS:

    01/09/2020 at 12:47 pmEdit

    Looking for a black-owned ice cream vendor in the Los Angeles, California area.

    Thank you!

  • M.Fofana SAYS:

    07/31/2016 at 7:05 pmEdit

    There’s also Taste The Tropics Ice Cream Shop in East Flatbush Brooklyn….The have Guinness. Rum and Raisin,Mango,Sour Sop flavors and other Caribbean flavors…..On Nostrand and Ave.D…..

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  • Natasha Partridge SAYS:

    07/16/2016 at 10:44 pmEdit

    The Local Ice Creamery (LIC) in Omaha, NE

  • J SAYS:

    07/16/2016 at 3:54 pmEdit

    Shawn Michelle’s is actually on the North side of Chicago, not the South side.

  • Dina SAYS:

    07/16/2016 at 3:08 amEdit

    Pirtles in East ast Louis, IL

  • Mkali Na Maarufu SAYS:

    07/16/2016 at 12:55 amEdit

    Don’t forget Savs Chill on Limestone St. in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Bettie SAYS:

    07/15/2016 at 8:56 amEdit

    Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies, Etc.
    1844 W 95th St, Chicago IL 60643
    (773) 779-9105

    Sometimes Jimmy Jamm sells sweet potato ice cream! Sounds weird, but it’s really good!

  • Wendell SAYS:

    07/14/2016 at 11:51 pmEdit

    And then there’s Unique Sweets in North Plainfield, NJ. Juanita Dixon, Proprietor

  • Leana SAYS:

    07/14/2016 at 7:52 amEdit

    Gerizim Ice Cream Shop and Cafe in Brooklyn

  • Racayah SAYS:

    07/13/2016 at 12:46 amEdit

    Though not in the U.S., two young black entrepreneurs, Boaz and David own the only non-dairy ice cream shop in Israel. Made from soy, they offer a wide range of scrumptious flavors. If your ever in Dimona, Israel, be sure to check them out. You won’t regret it.

  • Racayah SAYS:

    07/13/2016 at 12:43 amEdit

    Though not in the U.S. owned by two young black entrepreneurs, Boaz and David, their shop features an array of tantalizing, non-dairy flavors made from soy. Uumm, Uumm scrumptious. Located in Dimona, Israel.

  • Dwayne moogsmiller SAYS:

    08/27/2015 at 4:37 pmEdit

    Add “C & W” Market and Ice Cream Parlor as Number “11”
    Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops You Should Know
    1901 Church Street, Evanston, IL
    Proprietors Clarence and Wendy Weaver

  • Emily SAYS:

    08/23/2015 at 3:27 amEdit

    Where is Shawn Michelle located in Chicago? The have moved from the 119th Street location.

  • Diane SAYS:

    08/22/2015 at 10:18 pmEdit

    I would love for you guys to have a ice.shop on the south side of Jacksonvill,Fla I’m sure it will be successful, we hardly have any black business in Jacksonvill.

  • Brenda SAYS:

    08/22/2015 at 10:56 amEdit

    Looking to see something in Evans, Gs

  • zhaleh SAYS:

    08/22/2015 at 8:41 amEdit

    King Kone in LA! owned by teddy and naimeh lawrence

  • Zenzi SAYS:

    08/20/2015 at 2:06 pmEdit

    THANKS sooo much for featuring us (ZBERRY) in this article!!!

  • Jasmine SAYS:

    08/19/2015 at 12:30 pmEdit

    Barb’s Gourmet in Tallahassee, Fl


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