Palmer Square Ice Cream Shop Will Provide Quality Without Frills
What is the perfect accompaniment to browsing downtown
on a warm (or even not-so-warm) day? Well, ice cream, of course.
sultry summer evenings, it's almost a rite of passage for some
people to grab an ice cream cone or cool beverage and relax
on the Palmer Square green and surrender to the heat. But even
in the winter, ice cream-counter queues can be viewed.
in early spring, there will be another ice cream option in Palmer Square,
not far from the spectre of a once-beloved parlor.
Ice Cream and Good Ingredients Bakery will open at 35 Palmer Square West,
providing customers classic ice cream flavors and assortments
of baked goods that use organic and hormone-free ingredients,
mostly from local farms.
Artisan will also serve classic
favorites such as cupcakes and chocolate cream pies.
ice cream is kind of a hybrid between classic Italian gelato and European
ice cream," said co-proprietor Gabrielle Carbone. "It's
our own ice cream."
Ms. Carbone and husband and
co-proprietor, Matthew Errico, are former long-time employees
of Small World Coffee on Witherspoon Street. The couple met
at The College of New Jersey at a time when Mr. Errico was general manager
of the coffee shop.
"He was a long-time manager there
and knew all aspects of the business," Ms. Carbone said.
"Then I came on about four years ago as the kitchen and food-side
manager," she added, emphasizing their expertise in the food-service
Ms. Carbone also holds a pastry degree from the
French Culinary Institute in New York City.
scooped into their interest casually.
"Years ago, we
got a home [ice cream] unit, and instead of being the kind of people
who put it away in the closet, we used it every single day,"
Ms. Carbone said. "We just kept making ice cream, and
I feel that I really mastered it before I ever went to school
for it," she added.
Purchasing products at Artisan
will assist area farms, Ms. Carbone said, listing several area
farms, including Coventry Farm on the Great Road, as vendors.
She also stressed the hormone-free aspects of their products,
and that the ice creams and baked goods would be "organic
"[Buying] local eggs, fruit, nuts,
[is the most] we can do to keep the business in town where
everyone lives and supports the community," she said.
new ice cream parlor will also help one local business in particular, namely
Small World Coffee, as its coffee will be served.
departure from that downtown institution was completely amicable, however,
as the couple felt the strong, European-style of Small World coffees
would complement their ice cream.
The couple discovered
that their love for ice cream could lead to a business endeavour
on their honeymoon in Italy where the couple discovered gelato, hence
leading to the natural hybrid that is their product.
only say hybrid because there are a few European styles that are
a little bit richer than Italian gelato," she said, barely
masking her excitement for the entrepreneurial endeavour.
entrepreneurial spirit has always been prevalent in Princeton,
and this is no exception. David Newton of Palmer Square Management
said that businesses like these are what make Princeton unique.
business] takes a young couple who basically made their name in
this town and allows us to help them formulate their business.
I think the marriage between their concepts and our property
will truly be a great one."
Mr. Newton added that Artisan
Ice Cream is one of the "best things that's happened in
Palmer Square in a long time."