Inside Miami’s Newest Black-Owned Ice Cream Shop
By DeAnna Taylor
If you search for Black-owned ice cream shops across the country, you won’t find very many. But, thanks to three people in Miami Gardens, we can now add Ice Cream Heaven to the list.
Christine “Nicky” Prince took over the space that was occupied by Sweet Gurus. Nicky, who is well-known in the Miami area, wanted to bring in additional minds to really bring the new concept together. She and her family enlisted the expertise of Starex Smith of The Hungry Black Man and Felecia Hatcher of Black Tech Week, to create the brand.
Ice Cream Heaven is quickly making a name for itself and it’s not even a month old. So far Trick Daddy, Flo Rida, and Gorilla Zo have stopped by and there is an upcoming collaboration that will possibly bring Trina to the shop too.
The store opened on December 8 to coincide with this year’s Art Basal. The trio came up with the menu and slogan only 4 days prior to opening.
“We wanted to have our best foot forward,” Starex Smith told Travel Noire.
All ingredients used are locally sourced and many are from other Black-owned or minority-owned businesses. All of the ice cream is churned from scratch by Black ice cream maker Cleveland Smith who has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He supplies the shop with 14 flavors that he whips up each week.
The two heavy hitters on the menu are the ‘Big Ass’ ice cream sandwiches and Nicky’s handmade alcohol-infused sorbets. The ice cream sandwiches are served on warm giant cookies made by Cindy Lou’s cookies, also based in Miami. If you aren’t super hungry you can opt for the ‘half-ass’ version.
The interior of the shop is colorful and has games, televisions with any channel you can imagine, and a fun illuminated hallway that’s sure to make your Instagram page.
The partners will host events in the space as well as create flavors to celebrate the various cultures found in Miami. There is currently a soursop sorbet as well as a rum raisin alcohol-infused flavor on the menu too.
Ice Cream Heaven is open 7 days a week starting at 11am each day. You can find them at 17560 NW 27th Avenue in Miami Gardens. To learn more about the brand and to see their latest creations, follow them on Instagram at: @icecreamheaven.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.