Find the Parlor Ice Cream Co. in Allston Every Wednesday
Jacqueline Dole will have rotating "Hoodsie cup" flavors, and ice cream cookie sandwiches, and more.
We must admit to being pretty jealous of our neighbors in Maine since the Parlor Ice Cream Co. has a regular weekly appearance at Tandem Coffee Roasters. But Boston-based pastry chef Jacqueline Dole is ready to share the wealth: She just signed a contract to bring her signature flavors and novelties to Allston every week through December.
There’s something fun about offering a “gypsy” ice cream experience with intermittent pop-ups, like she’s done since Parlor debuted in early 2016, she says. “But it’s nice to have stability and be able build a weekly crowd,” she says. Beginning August 2, Bostonians and commuters will find her every Wednesday evening at the Continuum building on Western Avenue.
Dole, a Mei Mei alum, plans to bring along a selection of her core flavors, including Sweet Corn + Miso, A Latte Milk (coffee milk), and dairy-free Coconut Strawberry, in Hoodsie-style cups, and novelties, like fresh-made chocolate chip cookies stuffed with A Latte Milk ice cream, and maybe even Choco-Tacos. The ice cream flavors are the ones Dole plans to package as pints for retail sales later this year. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Parlor will focus on getting pints into stores this fall, she says.
The series, which is unfortunately weather-permitting each Wednesday, is cosponsored by Samuels & Associates, the Fenway developer behind Allston’s first luxury apartments; and Isenberg Projects.
“They were looking to amp up the neighborhood, make it fun and family-friendly,” Dole says. “There’s a real lack of ice cream in that area,” she says, and with the proximity to kid-frequented athletic fields and a playground, “it’s pretty perfect.”
Plus, the Parlor pop-up coincides with Aeronaut’s Allston Neighborhood Nights, just a few meters up the road from Continuum. Dole is counting on foot traffic related to that popular event, she says.
Beyond this weekly series and weekends at Tandem, Dole is keeping busy with frequent visits to Trillium in Canton, and growing wholesale business at local restaurants and cafés. The Parlor Ice Cream can be found at George Howell Coffee in Downtown Crossing, Kaki Lima at Wink & Nod (until it shuts down September 9), Barrington Coffee on Newbury Street, and farmers’ market frequenter Pour Man’s Coffee. Her frozen treats will be at the new Bully Boy cocktail bar on Saturday, September 9, too.
The wholesale growth is great for business, but the former, longtime Allston resident is psyched to get back to the neighborhood.
“Lower Allston is a special place for me and it’s wonderful to see the area fostering a new creative energy,” Dole says.
This post was updated Wednesday, October 25, to reflect that Parlor Ice Cream is still available at Continuum.