Under the shadow of a 28-foot-tall milk can, a Little Man Ice Cream employee hands over the shop's two-millionth scoop of ice cream, receiving cheers from those who've come to help celebrate this monumental milestone — and to get some of Little Man's famous ice cream. The shop is known for its wide array of flavors, including instant classics such as French Toast, Salted Oreo and my personal favorite, Space Junkie: raspberry ice cream filled with pieces of fudge and marshmallow swirls. The cobblestone plaza at 2620 16th Street where the shop resides is filled with customers, as is standard when the weather is anything less than arctic, with a line wrapping around the corner of the block.
In addition to the usual frozen splendor found here, on this sunny Father's Day the kiosk's seating area is filled with tents from local artisans selling T-shirts, jewelry and pottery, and there's also a station set up where children can make and decorate Father's Day cards. Behind the aforementioned giant milk can from which Little Man sells its cold treats hangs a sign keeping track of the scoops sold. At the start of the day, the sign read 1,999,500.
After Tamburello finishes speaking, ice cream lovers are treated to live bluegrass from local acts, followed by a video depicting the families and communities that Little Man has helped around the world. In addition to continuing to serve some of the best ice cream in Denver, the shop's team is looking forward to its next trip abroad, this time to Nicaragua.
Little Man shows no signs of slowing down in its mission to bring food to those in need all over the globe. It seems certain that sometime in the not-too-distant future, we will be celebrating the three-millionth scoop, to even more fanfare.