Politicians cool off with a tour of Little Baby's Ice Cream headquarters

Paul Kurtz
August 01, 2018 - 3:30 pm
Mayor Jim Kenney and Rep. Dwight Evans visited the headquarters of Little Baby's Ice Cream, which is one of many local start-ups that have been nurtured through a Goldman Sachs program called 10,000 Small Businesses.  

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney and Rep. Dwight Evans visited the headquarters of Little Baby's Ice Cream, which is continuing to breathe new life into Kensington. 

The politicians got their cool treat at the end of a tour of the company, one of many local start-ups that have been nurtured through a Goldman Sachs entrepreneurship program called 10,000 Small Businesses.  

The Little Baby's plant is located on the fourth floor of what was for decades an abandoned textile mill on I Street in the heart of Kensington. Now the building is thriving, running at 60 percent capacity, and the mayor is hoping that expansion will spread to the surrounding community.

"A couple of blocks away, we're having some serious issues relative to heroin and opioid abuse. And here you have 45 employees making ice cream, and an old building renovated and having commerce. So there's always the opportunity and hope to bring the neighborhood back up," Kenney said.

Little Baby's made its mark through a combination of handmade, super premium ingredients made from 16 percent butter fat, as well as vegan-friendly and non-dairy frozen options — including nontraditional flavors like everything bagel, absinthe poppy or Maryland bar-b-que, according to co-owner Martin Brown.

This is Brown's seventh summer is business with the ice cream company. The business initially started as a hobby with co-founder Pete Angevine until their homemade ultra premium and sometimes quirky product took off locally.

Brown said he and his partner are ready to add another store this month near 12th and Market streets.