Last Wednesday, we noted that the sign arrived for Davey's Ice Cream at 137 First Ave. between St. Mark's Place and East Ninth Street ...
We reached out to the proprietor, David Yoo, to learn more about the shop...
About his ice cream:
I will be making small batches of traditional and seasonal ice cream flavors from scratch in the shop, meaning I will be mixing and pasteurizing my own custom ice cream mix. It's making ice cream the hard way!
I lived in the East Village while in school (Parsons, I'm a former graphic designer), and I knew this was the location for my venture. Rent is getting out of control in EV/LES, but I'm excited to give it a shot here.
About his change in careers, from graphic designer to ice cream store owner:
The idea to switch career gears was definitely a lightning bolt moment. I could have continued moving from studio to studio and do more of the same, or really try something different while still being creative.
Opening an ice cream shop has always been an inside joke of mine. When I realized there wasn't much of an ice cream scene in NYC like there is in Portland or San Francisco, I knew I had to try this. I finally left my studio, started making ice cream a little more seriously, wrote a business plan, completed the Penn State Ice Cream Short Course in January, and signed a lease shortly after.
I'll be the sole owner of Davey's Ice Cream. I'm also the business guy, ice cream dude, designer, PR, scooper, and janitor. It's all been a very interesting experience so far…
He hopes to open the shop by late July or early August.