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.
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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