Excellent news for anybody who misses the vivid flavors at Central District Ice Cream Company: Co-owner Kryse Martin has launched her own line of ice cream. It’s called, simply, Kryse and hews to our current movement of preordering carefully made indulgences to pick up at an appointed time.
Back in the bygone era of 2016-2019, Martin ran the ice cream shop on Union with her then-husband, along with a handful of other spots—Happy Grillmore, Nate’s Wings and Waffles, Seattle Freeze. Now, doing her own thing while raising three teens, Martin’s focusing on her favorite part of the those years. Amidst all those managerial duties, “Creating those ice cream flavors and changing it up was allowing me to still be creative,” she recalls.
Her flavors are creative, and carefully wrought. Combos like brown sugar ube, banana pudding spiced with cardamom and cinnamon, or orange blossom creamsicle draw lots of inspiration from Martin’s Filipina roots, as well as broadly Asian ingredients. Most of them date back to the Central District Ice Cream Company days, when Martin built a catalog of maybe 200 varieties.
Ordering goes live each Sunday morning, by noon at the latest, for the week’s trio of flavors. Favorites go fast, and by Wednesday most everything is sold out. Pickup happens at Beacon Hill Station, the immensely community minded coffee shop on Roberto Maestas Festival Street, the following Sunday from 1–3.