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L.A.'s First Vegan Ice Cream Shop Closed

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Much as we love the rich, luscious ice cream from places Salt & Straw and Scoops, there's a soft spot in our hearts for the raw vegan ice cream from Kind Kreme.

It's probably because their scoops are made with coconut milk, which is pretty much the best stuff on the planet.

Kind Kreme's smooth, creamy mixture is actually a blend of coconut, cashews, and almonds. It's plant-based ice cream at it's best. (Some of the flavors are sweetened with honey, which extreme vegans may not like, but you get the point.) Until recently, you could buy Kind Kreme at their store-within-a-store at Echo Park's Sage vegan cafe as well as in Pasadena or Studio City.

But now comes word that the Studio City location is closing down.

Says Studio City Patch:

It was the first all-vegan ice cream parlor to open in Los Angeles in May 2010...Says the company's website: "This location is not closing for a lack of love, but rather because as we’ve grown our understanding of what business model works best for this product has changed. Going forward, future KindKremes will be contained inside of a restaurant like Sage in Echo Park or our Sage Farm Plant Based Bistro & Beer Garden in Culver City. That way we can continue to bring you the same high quality, high integrity product without raising the price point beyond the bounds of what people are willing and able to pay."

So where one door closes, another opens. Hopefully sooner rather than later.