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Help us open Oakland's most awesome ice cream shop in Temescal Alley this fall, where hometown nostalgia meets artisan quality.

What is Curbside Creamery's scoop shop? It's a welcoming place for family and friends. It's the best of two worlds brought together: the flavors and memories of your hometown ice cream shop, combined with the taste and quality of an artisan food business. But more than anything else it's the realization of a dream, the summation of a two year long labor of love.

Story

In May 2011 I graduated from UC Berkeley. The day after the ceremony, my family went home and I went out and bought a $25, single serving ice cream maker. I had visited an all vegan ice cream shop in New York City the spring before and was in love. It was cool, it was whimsical; they offered soft serve twist with sprinkles. I knew Oakland needed a shop like this, so I delved into creating my own recipes from scratch, both vegan and dairy.

Two years, piles of scrap recipes, and countless dead ends later, I decided to buy a vending trike and go for it. I found a production space. I got a business license. I bought a beautiful trike. Then the fates finally smiled upon me, and something even bigger unexpectedly fell into place: I was offered the perfect little space in Oakland's Temescal Alley to build my dream shop. Although you can still expect to see the trike around town, my focus is now primarily on the daunting challenge of launching a brick and mortar business.

How You Can Help

Temescal Alley is located on 49th st, steps from Telegraph ave.
Temescal Alley is located on 49th st, steps from Telegraph ave.

Temescal Alley is a vibrant, unique collection of small independent shops set along a central corridor off 49th st and Telegraph ave. It's the ideal home for a little ice cream shop, but starting one is anything but cheap. Equipment, construction, permits, etc, are going to run around $75,000 to get the doors open. I'm here asking you to help me raise the cost of the commercial ice cream maker, which is the literal (and figurative) back bone of the business. Our shiny Emery Thompson dream machine can churn up 24 quarts of ice cream perfection in a matter of minutes, but it costs a whopping $20,000!

Me in my future shop.
Me in my future shop.

Every penny past the $20,000 goal will go directly to the $13,000 cost of building out the shop, which is currently an excitingly--and intimidatingly--empty shell. I want to create a beautiful and inviting space, and your support can help me achieve that.

What We'll Serve

Mint stracciatella, salty caramel, and fresh strawberry.
Mint stracciatella, salty caramel, and fresh strawberry.

Curbside specializes in gourmet takes on classic flavors everyone loves, in a rotating selection of both cashew-based vegan and traditional dairy varieties: red dutch cocoa, mint stracciatella, fresh strawberry, vanilla bean, salty caramel, and coffee made with locally roasted beans, to name a few.

We offer some more novel flavors as well, such as teas (like chai, thai iced, and earl grey), bourbon whiskey vanilla, cinnamon with ginger snap pieces, and more.

Coffee on vanilla shortbread (vegan), chocolate hazelnut on plain shortbread (vegan), earl grey on English tea cookies, and mint chip on chocolate shortbread.
Coffee on vanilla shortbread (vegan), chocolate hazelnut on plain shortbread (vegan), earl grey on English tea cookies, and mint chip on chocolate shortbread.

On top of scoops in cups and cones, a variety of ice cream sandwiches will be available on cookies baked specially for us by a local baker. And as soon possible, we'll start offering two flavors of soft serve daily, vegan and dairy, and yes, sprinkles! Did someone just say soft serve with sprinkles?!?!

Rewards

Every reward offered is super high quality, from scoops, to merchandise, to catering:

  • Gourmet ice cream scoops and sandwiches from the shop
  • American Apparel tees in either text logo on creme, or trike logo on light aqua -- men's and women's sizes available
  • Heavy duty canvas tote bags -- black with teal trike
  • Custom Walz cycling caps -- also black with teal trike
  • 22oz non-leeching Purist water bottles -- clear with teal trike
  • Scoop and merchandise combos
  • Custom ice cream flavors (+ a gallon of said flavor!)
  • Personal ice cream making lessons for you and a guest
  • Catering via our signature vending trike, from small parties to large events
  • Everyone gets a sticker and a thank you on our website!

While ice cream must be picked up from the shop, all merchandise can be shipped. 

Those who give $30 or more get invited to our special backer-only opening party! Those who give $100 get invited to an exclusive ice cream tasting picnic.

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Good news! We've already jumped the most daunting hurdles in making this happen: the location, the plan, the permits, and the production kitchen are under wraps. Curbside Creamery is on path to open this fall, and you can help speed that process along by contributing!

The homework is all done on where we'll source the merchandise rewards and what it looks like. Ice cream rewards can be picked up any time during business hours after we open. Super easy!

Think of it this way: you're not just pre-ordering ice cream by contributing, we're pre-ordering our community of future customers.

FAQ

  • YES! Bourbon is missing the "r" when it reads "boubon whiskey + vanilla". For various technical reasons, we were NOT able to fix it. Believe me, it bothers me more than it bothers you! But good eye!

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  • YES! Go ahead and pledge the amount for both the rewards you want combined, and let me know what you want when you fill out the rewards survey. I'll slap it together for ya!

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    LOCAL PICKUP ONLY! One scoop of ice cream of your choice on a cup or cone, plus a sticker and thank you on the website.

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    SHIPPABLE! 22oz Purist water bottle featuring the trike logo, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop.

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    SHIPPABLE! Your choice of t-shirt (made in the USA!), either Curbside text logo on creme or the trike logo on aqua, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop.

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    A rainbow of ice cream deliciousness! One gallon of ice cream, layered with up to 4 flavors of your choice. So tasty! Already backed? Tack $50 onto your current pledge and let me know in the reward survey, you will get both!

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    SHIPPABLE! Special "Cyclist's Package" of our custom Walz cycling cap featuring the trike logo AND a 22oz Purist water bottle featuring the trike logo, plus a spoke card with a hand-written thank you, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop.

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    SHIPPABLE! HAVE IT ALL! The water bottle, the tote, your choice of tee, AND the Walz cap! Plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop. The trike will be all over your life.

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    LOCAL PICK UP ONLY! Curbside will create a custom flavor for you of your choice (within reason), plus one gallon of said flavor, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop.

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    LOCAL ONLY! Tori will give a private ice cream making lesson for you and one guest, plus two pints of ice cream of your choice to take home, plus a piece of merchandise of your choice, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop. PLUS an invite to our exclusive ice cream tasting picnic.

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    LOCAL ONLY! Curbside will come via the vending trike to cater your party of up to 10 persons, with three flavors of ice cream sandwiches of your choice, plus a piece of merchandise of your choice, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop. PLUS an invite to our exclusive ice cream tasting picnic.

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    LOCAL ONLY! Curbside will come via the vending trike to cater your large party or wedding of 40+ persons, with a full spread of our ice cream sandwich flavors, plus a piece of merchandise of your choice, plus a sticker and thank you on the website, plus an invite to our special backer opening party at the shop. PLUS an invite to our exclusive ice cream tasting picnic.

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