Sixteen years since it first opened its doors in Kennett Square, La Michoacana, an ice cream shop named after the ice cream capital of Mexico, is doing better than ever, writes Katie Park for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The shop was started by Noelia Scharon, a native of Puerto Rico who had found herself missing ice cream flavors not readily available in local parlors. The original intent was to bring fresh ice cream with familiar tastes to Kennett Square’s many Latino immigrants who craved the flavors of their childhood.
However, the creamery, which Scharon runs with Juvenal Gonzalez and Manuel and Martha Rodriguez, soon became the favorite ice cream stop for a much wider array of customers.
In addition to traditional Mexican ice cream flavors such as avocado, sweet corn, and tamarind, La Michoacana also offers the usual staples of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
The key to the shop’s success is ice cream made from whole milk and fresh ingredients like pineapple and mango. This has helped the store continue to attract customers with no signs of slowing down.
“It just started as an adventure,” said Scharon. “We didn’t think it was going to last this long.”
Read more about La Michoacana in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.