Little Man expands to West Colfax/Sloan’s Lake!

Construction Progress on Little Man Ice Cream’s New “Microbatch Creamery”

Since opening in 2008, Little Man Ice Cream has been producing ice cream in a small Victorian home just up the street from the popular ‘milk can’ location. After eight years of constant growth, Little Man has finally outgrown this humble facility, as demand for their homemade ice cream has skyrocketed. In 2017 Little Man Ice Cream will be opening a brand new ice cream production facility- dubbed “The Little Man Microbatch Creamery”- to help meet its current production needs and to facilitate the company’s growth and expansion.

Following the opening of the kitchen, the Little Man Microbatch Creamery will be open for the public to visit (expected 2018), and will feature a variety of interactive experiences that engages customers in the ice cream production process. Building off of Colorado’s iconic brewery tour and tasting room concepts, the Microbatch Creamery will invite customers to come witness the ice cream production process first-hand, and to indulge in their sweet tooth with one of Little Man’s scratch-made treats. Little Man hopes that visitors will leave having witnessed the love and dedication that Little Man pours into all of its products.

Additionally, the Microbatch Creamery will serve as a retail front where customers can purchase Little Man Ice Cream products. Central to this retail front will be a tasting room where customers can order “flights” that feature multiple different ice cream flavors. The space will also feature grab-and-go pint freezers, as well as a swag display with Little Man merchandise and memorabilia for sale.

Most importantly, the new Microbatch Creamery will have 10-times the production capacity of their current kitchen. With new opportunities for growth ramping up, this increased production capacity will ensure that Little Man can meet increasing demand while also laying the groundwork for successful expansion.  

Located at the corner of Colfax and Tennyson, the Microbatch Creamery will be imbedded in the vibrant and growing West Colfax neighborhood of Denver. With the re-development of the Saint Anthony’s hospital district, three new light rail stations and multiple other housing projects, West Colfax is set to become one of Denver’s most desirable places to live. Little Man is extremely excited to join this unique community as both the company and neighborhood are poised for growth.

As with its storefront location in the Lower Highlands, Little Man Ice Cream’s commitment to community-driven development will continue to play a central role in the Microbatch Creamery. The creamery will be central in supporting the company’s philanthropic efforts– like its Scoop for Scoop program- through increased ice cream production and sales.  Furthermore, the Little Man team hopes that the Microbatch Creamery will also serve as an important community icon and gathering place for the residents of West Colfax and beyond. 

As of summer 2017, the core and shell construction phase of the Microbatch Creamery is close to completion. The estimated opening date for the kitchen itself is end of 2017, with doors opening to the public in  mid-2018.

Check out some renderings for the concept, below:

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