We stopped by the new N’ice Cream Gelato and Sorbet shop this week to meet the owners – Christian and Laura, from Denmark. They seem like a very cool & down-to-earth couple – definitely fitting in to the Venice vibe. They made it very clear that they are NOT a chain business, in fact, they told us that when the company started to head in that direction (franchising), they stepped back and decided that they would rather open a single location in Venice and run it like a mom & pop. They also have already made arrangements to work with local charities – seems to be a trend with new businesses but one that we hope becomes the norm.
They make their gelato and sorbet fresh every day – with new flavors offered (whenever inspiration strikes) and a flavor-of-the-day, to be noted on a blackboard outside. Through a window to the kitchen, you’ll be able to see Christian making the day’s products while Laura greets you in the front.
As we stood outside, chatting with Christian and Laura, we obviously couldn’t ignore the fact that they are neighbors with Pinkberry. They were nothing but gracious about their neighbor – taking the attitude of non-competition: They are offering a different product to appeal to customers who may not like frozen yogurt. (Abbot’s Habit and Abbot’s Pizza Co. both serve food, but they co-exist nicely just across the street.) The words were still exiting Christian’s mouth when a mother and her 2 children walked by – Laura bent down to hand the daughter the red "Grand Opening" postcard, who, after being told it was for gelato and not Pinkberry, actually starting jumping up and down with a huge smile on her face. Her mother cannot get her to go to Pinkberry because she loves gelato. Case in point.
Get your free gelato today from noon-4pm and welcome Christian and Laura!
1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd