4

Charlie's Ice Cream Social opens today

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Just in time for a long, sunny weekend, Denver's about to get another ice cream parlor: Charlie's Ice Cream Social, a '30s and '40s-themed soft-serve spot, will throw open its doors today, offering frozen treats to the Berkeley neighborhood.

Charlie's is owned by Matt and Rosemary Lopez, who've also owned next door Taza de Cafe for the past six years. "My wife has a crazy sweet tooth and ever since she was a little girl, she's wanted to open an ice cream shop," Matt told us when he announced their plans. The couple started building out their parlor in February, hoping to open by the first week of May.

On May 19, the Lopezes held their grand opening party, which was also a fundraiser for scholarships and schools supplies doled out by the Society for Mutual Protection of United Workers, and they hoped to be up and running at that time. But they had to push their actual opening date back.

Charlie's was stuck waiting for a final inspection, which, luckily, was conducted just in time to avoid another three-day delay: "It came down to the wire having to wait for all of the inspectors to sign off on our cards and rushing down to the Webb building before the city furlough day on Friday and the holiday on Monday," says Lopez. "If that wouldn't have happened today then we wouldn't have been able to open till next Tuesday."

Charlie's should be turning out shakes, sundaes and soft-serve by late this afternoon.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.