We’ve got the scoop on an exciting new project coming out of Sharpsburg!
Sugar Spell Scoops, the extremely popular vegan dessert company, is opening their first brick-and-mortar shop in Sharpsburg this summer.
The brand debuted in Pittsburgh at the 2016 VegFest. Since then, Pittsburgh hasn’t been able to get enough of these frozen treats. You’ve probably seen Sugar Spells at Pittsburgh events like Sweet Horror at East End Brewing, or the “Sharpsmeade” Harry Potter festival.
In addition to their plant-based ice cream, the brand is known for their decedent and colorful cakes, which are also completely vegan. Starting in August of last year, Sugar Spells started selling ice cream pints at Naturally Soergel’s in Wexford.
Sugar Spells is Pennsylvania’s first all-vegan ice cream company. Chef and owner Amanda Burk has been a vegan for 12 years, and says she’s excited to be part of the expanding vegan food scene in Pittsburgh. Being able to grow her passion into a business has always been a dream of hers.
“I found in my email this old conversation from 2006 where I say my goal is to open an ice cream business,” laughs Burk. “It’s not just a spur of the moment thing. I am very food-centric.”
Sugar Spells expansion into a permanent space in Sharpsburg was a natural next step for the business, as customer demand continues to grow. After months of looking for the perfect spot, serendipity lead them to their new home in Sharpsburg.
“The Sharpsburgh borough put us in touch with the owners of the building and they were like, ‘You wont believe it, but just today we were talking about turning this space into an ice cream shop, and then you emailed us.’”
The Sugar Spells Scoops shop hopes to open before the beginning of summer. Guests can expect to find fresh scoops, sundaes, takeaway pints, “magic wands” (similar to drumsticks), and cakes for special order. There will be limited indoor and outdoor seating.
At many of their events in Pittsburgh, Sugar Spells formulated unique flavors and specialty sundaes. For example, on Cinco De Mayo, the brand served vegan floats with horchata ice cream and Mexican Coke. For the Sweet Horror popup, they served blue ice cream cups with red dye and white chocolate chips to look like a shark attack, and black ice cream with activated charcoal.
“I plan to do different themes for the flavors and sundaes at the shop. We’re not going to slow down on doing fun things,” laughs Burk.
Down the road when the weather cools down, Sugar Spells plans to offer a small cafe menu of soups and other vegan bites.
“My vision is just a happy place. Somewhere fun for people to come and forget about whatever is going on in their life,” says Burk.
More information can be found online.
Sugar Spell Scoops (1014 North Canal)