Earlier in the week CHS dropped news of a possible expansion of the Pine Street Molly Moon’s. The blog reported the ice cream shop will take over the neighboring space left vacant by child clothier Flora and Henri. When CHS pressed owner Molly Moon Neitzel for details she wouldn’t divulge much, but instead responded rather curiously with a riddle from Willy Wonka:
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanna change the world?
There’s nothing to it!
Huh? Turns out there’s a reason for the rhyme.
During a phone call Friday Neitzel confirmed she is indeed taking over the storefront and will convert it into a Willy Wonka-esque “kitchen on display.”
“The space came up and I felt like we had to jump on it,” she said. The kitchen at the Capitol Hill shop, which also produces ice cream for the truck and Madrona and downtown spots, is “busting at the seams.”
Plans are still very much in the air, but Neitzel does intend to assume the space in its entirety. She envisions patrons being able to watch workers as they prep batches of Balsamic Strawberry or waffle cones. Neitzel said she believes strongly in transparency of ingredients, so it “feels only fitting we should show more of that. To make what we do in our kitchen more visible.”
In the coming months Neitzel will embark on a nationwide book tour; during the stops she will demo how to make ice cream at home. Upon returning to Seattle Neitzel imagines hosting similar events in her newfound real estate.
There’s no firm timeline for the build-out, but look for the space to open in the summer.