Peewee’s Ice Cream shop is now open at The Feed Mill, 57 North Main Street in historic Medford, a new retail destination that has welcomed several small businesses and boutiques in the past few months.
Originally from Delaware, Maranda Burns, 30, and Bryan Jones, 33, started Peewee’s Ice Cream as a side hustle a few years ago. Maranda holds a degree in Pastry Arts from Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. For the past ten years, she has worked as a pastry chef at popular Philadelphia restaurants Barbuzzo, Rittenhouse Tavern, Stateside, and until most recently, was the Corporate Pastry Chef for Vedge Restaurant Group. Bryan is a full-time mechanic.
Before the pandemic, they began selling pints of ice cream at the Burlington County Farmers Market in Moorestown and to a few retailers in South Jersey and Philadelphia.
“When COVID hit, and with every restaurant in Philadelphia shutting down, we took this a sign to push ourselves to make more ice cream,” Burns explains. “We invested more in the ice cream business and began expanding to more local markets, private events, and adding wholesale accounts.”
As time went on, with Burns and Jones working around the clock, they realized the side hustle was becoming so much more. After losing her job due to the shutdown, Burns decided to make Peewee’s her full-time focus. She did not originally envision an ice cream shop, though.
“We honestly were not looking for a brick-and-mortar location,” Burns noted that they were checking out larger commissary kitchens in West Chester, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. “In the summer of 2020, we met the owner of the Feed Mill who was hoping to add an ice cream shop to his new project. We immediately fell in love with the town and the building. Medford has such a warm, local and community-forward atmosphere where we knew the community would appreciate and support our shop.”
Today, the year-round ice cream shop hosts its grand opening offering 12 dairy flavors and eight vegan/non-dairy flavors that rotate seasonally. All ice cream is housemade on-site using as many locally sourced products as possible, including honey, strawberries, and peaches.
In addition to scoops of ice cream, sundaes, and root beer floats using Feed Mill neighbor King’s Road Brewery root beer, they will sell ice cream by the pint, ice cream bars, and ice cream cakes.
Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday from 2 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm, and closed Monday.
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Marilyn is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of South Jersey. You can find more of her writing on Philly Grub and NewsBreak.