Medford-based Tipping Cow, an ice cream company that launched in 2014, is working towards opening a scoop shop in Somerville's Winter Hill (415 Medford St.), as previously reported. Now, co-owner Anna Gaul tells Eater that the Somerville Board of Appeals has approved her plans for the former Sammy's Market & Deli space. Gaul previously said that November is an "optimistic" opening goal and that the shop will offer scoops, coffee, iced teas, and more. There will be no seating available.
As they move ahead with the project, Gaul and co-owner Dang Pham are hoping to raise $6,000 on Kickstarter to help with permitting, licensing, equipment, and renovation costs. Donor rewards include t-shirts, insulated tote bags, ice cream, and the opportunity to design a flavor of the week.
In the Kickstarter campaign, Gaul and Pham provide another key detail about Tipping Cow — all of the ice cream is nut-free, and they intend to get a nut-free certification for the new Somerville shop. "It seems unfair that children and adults with nut allergies should have to miss out on this sweet treat," they write, "so at Tipping Cow we are dedicated to ensuring that anyone with an allergy to tree-nuts or peanuts can enjoy our ice cream with confidence!"
Since they currently work out of a shared kitchen, Gaul and Pham have reached production capacity, they note in the Kickstarter video. But the opening of the shop will allow them to increase their wholesale business, selling to a larger number of specialty shops. Tipping Cow is currently available at some farmers markets, Whole Foods in Medford, Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, and a couple other spots.
[Image: The future home of Tipping Cow/Video still from the Kickstarter campaign]