Downtown Talks

Conversations with Bellevue's Experts

Introducing a new online series with local business and community leaders. Your direct connection to what matters now and what’s ahead for Downtown Bellevue. 

The Sweet Side of Business

How Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream grew into a regional icon with a mission

In 2008, Molly Moon Neitzel left her career as a nonprofit executive and opened her namesake ice cream store. Thirteen years later, she’s built a regional chain known for excellent flavors and a fierce commitment to fighting for equity, equality and social justice in our community. Hear how Neitzel has grown her business with a belief that you can build success while building up your employees, partners and the places you serve.

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Guest Speaker:

Molly Moon Neitzel  |  Founder & CEO, Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

After a career in the political and music industries, Molly Moon Neitzel followed her passion for ice cream and formed a business with community in mind. She opened her first Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream shop in the spring of 2008, transforming a small space in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood into the beginnings of a phenomenon. She’s since opened nine scoop shops, including a flagship store in Downtown Bellevue, all with the goal of “making the world better one scoop at a time.” The company is frequently heralded for its workplace wellness and nonprofit partnerships, and the ice cream hailed as one of the best in the U.S. by Bon Apetit, Sunset, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.


Patrick Bannon  |  President, Bellevue Downtown Association

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