A New Year, A New Urban Churn! We’re finally doing it… opening a shop in Midtown Harrisburg, PA. Dedicated to serving anything that revolves around Ice Cream. In-house waffle cones, real affogatos, 12 crazy flavours to choose from, root beer floats, ice cream sandwiches and more! But to make this happen we need your help!
We’ve reached our funding goal! Thanks to everyone for the awesome support we’ve received. Right now, we have finished renovations of the bathroom, kitchen and repainted the building. It’s an old building, and needed a lot of love. Unfortunately with an old building, one may need to do more to fix it up. With that said, though we’ve reached our funding goal, this campaign is still open. Any additional funds received will help us move further! On this page there are ‘Rewards’ which are perks that correlate to a certain dollar amount. When you choose a perk, you will help us raise money to achieve our goal.
Thanks again for your support. We literally wouldn’t be here without you all.
Why We Exist:
In the summer of 2013, I noticed so many people in Harrisburg, PA grumbled about how there weren’t many ice cream joints. Other than Hershey’s Ice Cream, the selection was limited. My family has made ice cream for our family gatherings for ages. Every time someone said how they wished they could get some ice cream, I thought about my family. I remember Grape Nut ice cream made by my Great Uncle on a hot summer day at my Great Grandmother’s cottage. They used the classic hand cranked churns and when electric churns became available, we upgraded to them.
I eventually put the two and two together… why not bring my family’s tradition here to Harrisburg.
Urban Churn opened in 2014 behind the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. We sold our ice cream in the cinema and eventually partnered with other restaurants. At this time, we were using small wood style churns and would take an hour to make 6 gallons. In 2016, we made a deal with a National Franchise called ‘Aroogas’. This partnership was a leap for Urban Churn, so we moved to a warehouse to handle the demand for space and equipment. Now, we have the capability to churn 300 Gallons within 8 hours.
Fast forward to today… After a few years of churning, we’ve learned so much and have made some changes. The warehouse we were in ended up being too large for what we truly need, so I’ve set out to find a new location for us to churn. During this transition, I realized a retail space made sense. We could both churn wholesale and provide ice cream to our fans on a regular basis. So, here we are settling on a location in Midtown Harrisburg, and anxious to get started.
Our New Location:
Our new digs will be at 1004 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg PA. It’s a perfect location that is close to the Capitol, a walking distance from plenty of wonderful restaurants (so you can come here for dessert.), and we will be able to both churn and sell in the same place.
We will be offering:
- Real affogatos using local beans. ( Hot Espresso brewed over a scoop of vanilla ice cream).
- 12 different flavours. 10 will be staple flavours you can be sure to get any time you want, 2 will be rotating specials.
- Traditional Root Beer / Special Soda Floats
- Unique Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Sundaes, and rotating original desserts
- To-Go Pint Containers & Quarts
- Our famous baklava ice cream sandwiches
- Coffee, & Baked Goods ( That will also go well with a scoop of ice cream)
- Plus More!
A Sneak Peak Of Our New Space:
What We Need & Challenges:
To start off strong, we’re looking for support for this new shop. We’re looking to do it right, so that this will be a wonderful space that everyone will enjoy visiting.
To create the ultimate Urban Churn shop, here’s what we are planning to add:
- TV Menu Board
- Painting Materials, New Lighting and Plumbing ( The place needs to be redone so it is welcoming and to maximize efficiency).
- German Style Long Tables and Benches for a family experience.
- 12 Flavour dipping cabinet
- Misc Refrigeration, tables, and equipment to create unique desserts
- Affogato Machine and tools.
The challenges are primarily the cosmetics and rewiring / replumbing the location. We expect this will take some time to ensure everything is where it should be so we are efficient.
We Need Your Help:
We succeed because of folks like you. Urban Churn moves forward because of all of the support we’ve received. We need your help. To open the storefront on a high note, we need to meet our funding goal. To do that, we launched a crowdfunding campaign where you can support us monetarily, but receive something in return. Our campaign offers ‘Rewards’ which are perks that correlate to a certain dollar amount. When you choose a perk, you will help us raise money to achieve our goal.
You also have an opportunity to simply support our business by backing anonymously.
Want An Ice Cream Social?
Another way you can help us open up shop is by providing an ice cream social for your friends or employees! Starting at $125 to back the campaign, we’ll schedule a 1.5 Hour ice cream social for your party or company in the months of June and July! You and/or your company name will also be listed as sponsors who’ve helped us get up and running.
Interested? Fill out the form below and we’ll have a chat!
2. Receive 4 (four) free pints/month for 1 year
3. We'll churn and sell a custom flavour of your choice for two weeks.
4. Your name will be on a gold plaque on the 'Founders Wall'.
5. Receive 10% discount every order for a year.
6. Receive 2 gallons of a custom flavour you'd like.
7. You and one other will receive an invite to our soft opening in March.
8. Receive monthly give-a-ways.
We've started updating
We have started updating the place! Tearing up the floors was not an easy task. Plus we added a fresh coat of paint.
Plumbing & Painting
Now that the manufacturing room has new flooring down, and we got a 3 bay sink, we are waiting for plumbing. While plumbing is going on, we will be painting the front of the building and will start repairing the floor where everyone will sit.
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