Downtown choices for cold treats range from Olympia-made gelato to diner-style sundaes.
Grandpa’s Soda Fountain Ice Cream Shop
Drue and Larry Brown’s 1950s-style shop features a long bar where customers order banana splits, dipped cones, floats, milkshakes and sundaes. It typically has nine flavors of hard ice creams and 24 flavors of soft serve available. Waffle cones are cooked and rolled right in the shop.
What: ice cream, soft serve
Where: 208 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia
When: 3-9 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays, 3-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (watch for extended summer hours)
How much: $3.35-$7.99
Learn more: 360-584-9453 | Facebook
Hawley’s Gelato and Coffee
Owner LuWana Hawley says the family shop serves 18 flavors made by Nutty Squirrel, a small company in Seattle. The Italian-style gelato is made with regional milk and other local ingredients. Look for the popular strawberry sorbetto. Hawley’s also offers 10 varieties of fudge and a full range of espresso drinks made from coffee roasted in Centralia.
What: espresso, fudge, gelato, sorbetto
Where: 511 Washington St. SE, Olympia
When: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
How much: $3.50-$5.25
Learn more: 360-489-1801 | Hawley’s Gelato and Coffee
Olympic Mountain Ice Cream
The 33-year-old Skokomish Valley ice-cream company is the wholesaler of choice for many businesses that sell by the scoop. Co-owner Bev Black says Olympic Mountain has created more than 200 flavors, such as Coconut Almond Fudge Swirl and White Chocolate Espresso Flake. Their sorbets, especially blackberry, are legend. Find Olympic Mountain at Grandpa’s, i.talia Pizzeria, The Painted Plate, Phoebe’s Café, Sidewalk Café Traditions Café, Vic’s Pizzeria and the delis at Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway.
What: ice cream, sorbet
When: varies by vendor
How much: varies by vendor
Learn more: 360-426-0696 | Olympic Mountain
New last fall, this shop features gelato made in-house from Tunawerth Creamery’s milk plus local herbs and produce. It offers 12 flavors including non-dairy and diabetic-friendly options. It makes its waffle cones from scratch. Try the “Waffle-ato,” a hot, brioche waffle topped with a scoop of gelato. Co-operators Sophia Landis and Christopher Proctor experimented with flavors every day for a year before they opened. “It’s local. It’s fresh. It’s seasonal,” says Landis. “It’s made with so much caring and education and craftsmanship.”
What: gelato, sorbetto
Where: 222 Capitol Way N, Olympia (inside 222 Market)
When: noon – 8 p.m. Tuesdays – Sundays (watch for summer hours)
How much: $4-$7
Learn more: 360-539-6797 | Sofie’s Scoops