This Black-Owned Ice Cream Shop Brings More Than Just Sweet Treats To NYC

New Yorker Michael “Mikey” Cole opened his ice cream shop, Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, to fill a void in a community that was often misunderstood, misinformed, and misrepresented. 

“Leaders of the new scoop” is what you will get when you order Mikey’s ice cream. It is said to be “the worlds first pop-culture inspired premium ice cream brand.”

“The inspiration behind the ice cream shop is to create a safe haven for everyone that also creates memories and empowers the community,” Mikey tells Travel Noire.

Mikey’s love for making ice cream can be credited to his late Aunt Lucy. He came across an ice cream recipe that she had and after some tweaking, he was able to come up with his own version.

His creations are unique, bearing names pop culture and Black-centered references. “Southern Hospitality," a pecan pie ice cream with praline pecans and pecan pie pieces, is one of his best flavors. 

The flavors have been so popular that he was even asked to create custom flavors for celebs like JAY-Z and Hillary Clinton.

Cole also has a non-profit called Mikey Likes It Ice Cream Academy. At-risk youth are taught how to obtain a food handlers certificate and be able to work in the food world. 

“We will help them build character and then give them the opportunity to work in the business,” Cole explained.

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