If you’re in the mood for quality, locally-made ice cream, look no further than the Madrona Laundromat. That’s right, Molly Moon’s has a walk-up window tucked inside (which you may already be aware of) for the past 6 years. Whether you want to treat yourself while watching your spin cycle, or prefer to stop in purely for their creamy, homemade sweet, Molly Moon’s is worth the trip.
Question: Besides the awesome & unique fact your business is located inside a laundromat, what other things make your Madrona shop different from the other locations?
Answer: Madrona is smaller than other locations, so it does not have a kitchen, we get our ice cream from our Capitol Hill shop! Because we’re so small, it really, truly feels like a neighborhood shop! Fun fact: Our Madrona shop is the only shop in the company that does a praline cookie ice cream sammie, and it is AMAZING!
Q: How often do your featured flavors of ice cream change over? A certain day of the month?
A: We change our seasonal flavors each month, we usually have one or two rotating vegan flavors, one is usually a sorbet. And then we have two seasonal ice cream flavors. Our chefs try to come up with flavors using seasonal organic, and Washington-grown ingredients!
Q: Who masterminds and creates your ice cream? Is it done on-location at one of the ice cream shops, or is produced somewhere separately in another building?
A: Each one of our shops, except Madrona and 19th and Mercer has its own Kitchen Manager, our Kitchen Managers are trained culinary professionals, most of them have culinary degrees. Our culinary manager works with them to assign research and development work for flavors, and they each get to create their own. Molly guides them, and of course, makes the final decisions!
Q: What do you like about your customers? Who are your customers? (Those doing laundry? People who come in specifically to buy ice cream only? Mostly folks from Madrona or elsewhere?)
A: Madrona customers it seems are truly people that live around the neighborhood. We love them!
Q: What encouraged the owner Molly to start an ice cream business?
A: Molly worked at an ice cream shop in college, she then worked at a non-profit, and later decided to start Molly Moon’s, to use her experience to start a company where she could put all of her progressive values into practice, and also prove she could still be profitable after doing that! She made sure when starting Molly Moon’s that she paid above minimum wage, paid 100% of her employee’s health care premiums, offered paid family leave and only used compostable products! To this day, she still ensures these benefits, but has added many more!
If you have ever wondered why their shops are called “Molly Moon’s”, owner Molly Neitzel’s actual middle name is Moon. Days that the Madrona shop (1408 34th Ave.) are open vary according to the seasons. At this time of year, they are open from 2-10 pm. Their phone # (in case you want to check ahead) is (206) 324-0753.
Enjoy the Luna (Moon) in the laundromat!