Nice Vice Creamery: Dairy-free ice cream shop opening in Yaletown

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Vancouver’s first dairy-free, plant-based micro creamery, Nice Vice, will shortly open the doors to a brick and mortar location in Yaletown.

Slated to open sometime in February, Nice Vice, owned and operated by Chris White, uses only top quality and ethically-sourced ingredients, for its 0% dairy, plant-based “vice cream.”

Inside Nice Vice's Yaletown Scoop Shop (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Inside Nice Vice’s Yaletown Scoop Shop (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

While the Nice Vice scoop shop is new to Yaletown, Nice Vice products have been available in Vancouver for the past eight months. Last year, White sold “vice cream” from Nice Vice’s adorable mini van, at various farmers’ markets, and even from a pop-up shop at the Hawkers Market at the McArthur Glen Designers Outlet in Richmond.

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Having secured a fixed location, Nice Vice’s organic and dairy, soy, allergen, GMO, and cholesterol-free “vice cream” will be made from scratch on-site under the guidance of Joselyn Heinrichs (chief “vice cream” maker) and Nancy Ross (Food Scientist). White, who attended Ice Cream University in NYC (yes, there is such a thing) with the Godfather of Ice Cream, Malcolm Stogo, will of course be mucking in too.

Dairy-free ice cream this way (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Dairy-free ice cream this way (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Served in either a compostable straw cup or a vegan cone, a scoop or two of “vice cream” is ideal for those who want a delicious and refreshing treat, as well as those who are simply seeking a healthy alternative to conventional dairy-based ice cream. Ingredients used include fresh fruit, natural colours and flavours, and locally supported plant-based products.

Constantly playing around with new “vice cream” flavours the menu will change from time to time, but to start with it will include Banana Fudge, Matcha Avocado, Lemonhead, Blueberry Sage, Strawberry, Mango, Peach Green Tea, Chocoholics Anonymous, and Vanilla Vice.

Customers who prefer a sweet and salty mix, will be encouraged to top their “vice cream” with a pinch of purposefully made salt, crafted by the locally-based Salt Dispensary. Flavours include, Mango, Raspberry, Chocolate Fleur de Sel, and Hellfire and Hickory Smoked Salt.

In addition to scoops, customers will also be able to order sundaes with sauce and toppings, ice cream floats, and soda supplied by The Capilano Tea House & Soda Co, as well as “vice cream” pints to-go.

Nice Vice's salt selection (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Nice Vice’s salt selection (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Located in one of Mainland Street’s handsome brick buildings, Nice Vice’s high-ceilinged space is bright and inviting. Nice Vice’s signature colours, yellow and pink, have been chosen to adorn the walls. While the scoop shop is intended as a grab-and-go spot, there are a few stools and a bench to perch ones self, if customers are inclined to sit-in.

Once opened, Nice Vice’s hours of operation will be noon to 10 p.m, daily. For further developments on Nice Vice’s official launch date stayed tuned to the company’s social media pages.

Nice Vice Creamery

Address: 1022 Mainland Street
Twitter: @nicevicecream

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