We interviewed Josh Reynolds, the entrepreneur behind Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream and Team Parlor opening today at 5 pm. Josh has taken over the space at 1205 East Pike Street (formerly home to the Church of the Undignified). The space is much larger than Molly Moon’s and Old School Frozen Custard, and one can envision that once the free wi-fi is installed (happening this Friday we’re told), visitors can lounge and enjoy the ice cream, sandwiches and tea at their leisure. The renovation of the space has been done mostly with reclaimed materials (the counter for instance was once a high school gym floor). There is also a small stage where musicians and authors can perform.
Bluebird currently has eight icecream flavors and intends to keep this number pretty consistent – though flavors will rotate based on season. They have collaborated with neighbors in the Elysian Stout (delicious – especially paired with a scoop of the peanut butter) and the Stumptown Coffee flavors. The ice cream has between 12 and 15% butterfat – lending it a creamy richness. Also, the ice cream is made on premises (I could smell the Elysian Stout being made). Top Chef Contestant Robin Leventhal visited Bluebird a few days ago and pronounced the peanut butter and snickerdoodle scoops “DELICIOUS!”. Bluebird is taking part in Blitz Arts Walk today and will open at 5. Bring cash as they will only be able to accept cards beginning Saturday. They are showing the work of Allison Choppick and Jennifer Culp. Email Josh to be sent an invite to enjoy some free Elysian “The Wise ESB” this evening. After today, Bluebird’s hours will run from mid-morning (around 10:30 am) to midnight.
Bluebird will have “lots of vegetarian and vegan options”. Josh pointed out that besides the sorbet, they will have “veggie sandwiches, vegan soups, vegan baked goods, and soon we’ll have Mighty-O!”