Luna in the Laundromat

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.

Recently, we spoke with Emily in Molly Moon’s Marketing and Community Relations department to find out more about their business:

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!

Shop Madrona for Small Business Saturday

Shop Local SeattleSupport our local Madrona businesses this coming weekend on Small Business Saturday (November 30th).  There are a ton of reasons to shop locally: keeping your dollars in the local economy, building entrepreneurship, supporting vibrant neighborhoods, etc.  There is even a local website that helps you find local Seattle stores, although their list is far from exhaustive.  So this Saturday, buy a coffee from Hi-Spot, get a drink at Bottlehouse, buy a meal at Turkuaz, St. Clouds, Madrona Alehouse, Café Soleil, or Pritty Boys Pizza, and get your dessert from Cupcake Royale or Molly Moons.  Purchase a piece of art at Conrow Porcelain, shop for a Christmas gift for dad at Hammer+Awl or for mom at Hitchcock, buy a gift for your hard-to-buy-for co-worker at Nena’s gift shop, and find a bottle of wine at Madrona Wine Merchant to take over to a friend’s house for dinner.  There are a ton of Madrona stores, shops and businesses we are leaving out (check out our likes on our Madrona Facebook for others), but shop locally this Saturday and we know you will find everything you are looking for.

Madrona Maps Available at Participating Restaurants & Shops

Several of the Madrona businesses came together and produced a map of the Madrona Business District.  The map features most of the Madrona restaurant and shops located between Al Larkins Park and Madrona Playground.  The map includes Pritty Boys Pizza, Bottlehouse, Hi Spot, Molly Moons, Hitchcock Madrona, Naam, Glassybaby, Turkuaz, Kismet Salon, Juniper, Cupcake Royale, Nena Gifts, St. Clouds, Davenport, and Restaurant Bea.  Unfortunately there are some noticeable exclusions including Cafe Soleil and Madrona Ale House; nevertheless, it reminds us of the many options that our Madrona neighborhood has to offer.  If you want a map, stop by one of the participating businesses and pick one up.

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Bindi In, Full Tilt Out at Pritty Boys Pizza

Pritty Boys PizzaI recently wrote how the Madrona neighborhood may be the king (or queen) of Seattle when it comes to ice cream – with everything from pints sold at Cupcake Royale, to ice cream sundaes at St. Clouds, to soft serve at the Madrona Market, and of course Molly Moon’s – but one of the factors leading me to this claim was Full Tilt ice cream at Pritty Boys Pizza.  Well, with the logjam of ice cream options, it looks like Pritty Boys has changed course.  So out with Full Tilt, and in with Bindi.  So if you are in Madrona and looking for a different dessert option, go by Pritty Boys and check it out.

Madrona’s Molly Moons to Stay Open Through the Winter

Molly MoonsLast year, Molly Moons in Madrona closed at the end of October and reopened this past May.  When they reopened, Molly Moons added scoops to the Madrona Micro-store and business seems to be good because with October coming to an end this year, construction has begun in the opposite window of the Madrona Landromat who they share space with.  Molly Moons is adding seating so they can stay open all year round.  No word yet in how many seats will be added, but it must be enough room to keep Madrona patrons warm inside and protected from the cold weather.  In addition, to the seating it sounds like there are plans for customers to be able to buy pints without waiting in line for others who are ordering scoops.  And if all of that was not enough good news, it also sounds like Molly Moons customers will also now have access to a restroom.  So Madrona residents, have no fear, your ice cream cravings can be relieved all year round at your local Molly Moons.

Madrona – Seattle’s Ice Cream Capital? Now Soft Serve Available

Ice CreamMadrona loves their ice cream – Molly Moon’s continues to have long lines all summer, Full Tilt ice cream is served at Pritty Boys Pizza and most of Madrona’s other restaurants (my family is fans of St. Cloud’s ice cream sundaes) serve ice cream.  Just a month ago, Cupcake Royale added ice cream pints-to-go at their Madrona location and of course you can always buy pints at Molly Moon’s or the Madrona Market and Deli (Madrona Mini-Mart) near the corner of 34th and Union…..BUT Madrona Mini-Mart has stepped up their ice cream game.  I went in Madrona Mini-Mart this past week and now they are serving chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream.  Thus Madrona’s ice cream options have expanded yet again.  I think Madrona is pretty safe from Baskin Robbins opening in the neighborhood any time soon, but ice cream lovers should feel right at home in Madrona nonetheless.

Madrona Cupcake Royale Offering Ice Cream To Go

As we raved about yesterday, Madrona really loves their ice cream, and we love Molly’s, but if you’re in the mood for something new, the folks at Cupcake Royale are launching ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts around Seattle.

The delectable cupcake gurus are now offering flavors such as “cupcakes n cream” as their signature flavor, and will have many other unique flavors such as their “whiskey maple bacon crack” made with locally sourced Woodinville Whiskey, and Zoe’s meats bacon, “Bonanza” made with bananas homemade brownies and caramel, burnt caramel and sea salt, and red velvet cupcake; yum!

The newest store front is located at 108 pine street downtown and will open this Saturday, but until then will have a food cart outside the store front serving scoops from noon-8pm. The Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue locations will have scoops, shakes cones and sundaes on their menu, but Madrona will simply be offering pints to go. Molly’s is still the best place to find a scoop, but if you’re getting it to go, pop into Cupcake Royale and see what they have to offer.

Madrona All Screams for Ice Cream

Molly MoonsIf it is a warm day in Seattle this summer there is no better place to look for your Madrona neighbor besides their home than Molly Moon’s.  Unlike last summer, Molly Moon’s serves scoops in their Madrona location and the neighborhood cannot get enough.  It is not uncommon to see long lines for their delicious ice cream.  If it is a nice day then take a walk up to the Madrona business district, get a cone and say hi to your neighbor.  Molly Moon’s is open daily from noon to 10 PM.

Molly Moon’s Reopens in Madrona

Molly MoonsMolly Moon’s has reopened their Madrona location after closing this past October for the winter.  When Molly Moon’s opened their micro-store in Madrona last May it was an experiment.  Molly Moon’s learned from their experience and have reopened the store after a mini-renovation.  When Molly Moon’s originally opened they did not serve scoops due to the size of the location and limits by city regulations, but they have reconfigured the store to allow for scoops of five different flavors.  Gone are the Mollipops, but now in addition to scoops you can order sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and more.  Go visit the new improved Madrona Molly Moon’s.  They are now opened daily from noon to 10 PM.

Madrona Molly Moons to Close for Winter

Molly MoonsI did not go by Molly Moon’s today, but the rumor was that Molly Moon’s Madrona Micro-Shop was to close at the end of October.  The rumor was for the ice cream shop to re-open this Spring.  I will update this blog when I have a chance to get more information.