Meet the Harlem Couple That Chased Their Dream to Open NYC’s Most Charming New Scoop Shop | Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart

 Sugar Hill Creamery owners Petrushka and Nick Larsen on opening day. (Photo: Clay Williams)

Sugar Hill Creamery owners Petrushka and Nick Larsen on opening day. (Photo: Clay Williams)

At some point, everyone fantasizes about dropping everything to open an ice-cream shop, a small place where the main concern is whether there’s enough salted caramel on hand to get through a busy Saturday night. Very few people actually do it, of course, but the city’s newest shop is exactly that kind of project. Nick and Petrushka Larsen are the couple behind Sugar Hill Creamery.

They envisioned opening a space that’s as much about community as it is about scoops. Since Thomeforde’s soda fountain closed in 1983, big brands like Baskin-Robbins and Mister Softee have dominated the market in Harlem, and the Larsens say Sugar Hill Creamery is the first family-owned ice-cream shop in the area in 34 years. As a result, virtually every aspect of the 500-square-foot Sugar Hill Creamery draws from the local community. That includes their designers, CO-Office, who are based in Harlem, as well as their bank. “We wanted to walk the walk,” Nick says. While Nick has serious restaurant experience from Blue Hill and Telepan, Petrushka is connected to the Harlem community, working for a literacy-based nonprofit.

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