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The Scoop on Carmela's New Ice Cream Shop on Third Street

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Carmela Ice Cream watches the harvest calendar carefully and makes sensational scoops based on the season, which are often adorned with herbs, spices, and even flowers. And soon, you won't have to drive all the way out to Pasadena to get them.

Their pints have always been available at their brick-and-mortar in Pas as well as the Hollywood and South Pasadena Farmers' Markets, but within the next few weeks they'll be opening a storefront at 7920 W. Third Street, just across the street from the Grove and Trader Joe's. They'll be selling their signature and seasonal flavors, house-made cones, and pre-packaged ice creams and ice cream sandwiches.

"Our number one question when selling at the farmers markets has always been, 'Where is your store?' For a lot of people Pasadena is a bit far. So we are thrilled to have a space back in Los Angeles, where we originally started the business," says Jessica Mortarotti, who co-owns the company with her partner Zach Cox.

Carmela will continue to sell at the farmers markets, and will also be carrying on with their ice cream classes at their Pasadena location.

"Initially we will just keep it pretty simple," says Mortarotti. "I am working on some fun stuff to roll out in the Spring. It's all ice cream related though."

So really, it's just more scoops for us. And that'll be totally cool -- especially when the weather starts to warm up again.