This Roanoke-based shop is bringing artisan ice cream to Virginia Beach

Jason and Carolyn Kiser own and operate Blue Cow Ice Cream Co. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Brett Winter Lemon)
Jason and Carolyn Kiser own and operate Blue Cow Ice Cream Co. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Brett Winter Lemon)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Blue Cow Ice Cream Co., a small batch artisan ice cream company will begin scooping out of its second location in Cape Henry Plaza this summer.

The new location will be in at 2817 Shore Drive, Suite 111 — just off the Cape Henry Trail system.

The Roanoke-based ice cream shop gained instant popularity and recognition in the region since its been open for its focus on using simple, real ingredients — locally sourced as much as possible — to create unique hand-crafted flavors, according to the company.

This will be the ice cream shop’s second location and the first outside of Roanoke.

Jason Kiser, culinary team leader and co-owner, learned the science of ice cream manufacturing at Penn State University and has put more than 70 flavors in production over the past two years, including non-dairy and vegan options.

“We spin our ice cream fresh daily and nearly everything going into the ice cream is hand made in our small but functional production kitchen,” Kiser said. “It’s the techniques and attention to quality that make our products craft. We don’t worry about the added time required to juice mounds of lemons and steep the peels in our fresh cream for our lemon poppy seed ice cream. The difference in taste as opposed to flavoring with a manufactured lemon extract is evident in the end product.”

The menu will appeal to both ice cream traditionalists as well as culinary enthusiasts with a steady lineup of Blue Cow’s take on some of the classics available year-round, as well as more inventive and culinary-driven flavors based upon market availability and seasonality, he said.

As it brings artisan flavors to Virginia Beach, Blue Cow seeks inspiration from the local community and has already sought out local purveyors to partner with on flavor development.

“Our local collaborations are a big part of our brand and what makes our flavors truly unique,” said Carolyn Kiser, co-owner of Blue Cow.

And to Jason and Carolyn Kiser, it’s about more than just creating great ice cream – it’s about the community and the customer experience.

“Beyond our flavors, our shop is meant to showcase and celebrate what makes each community unique – and to provide an enjoyable environment for gathering. In renovating our current space, we sought out local artisans to do just that,” Carolyn Kiser said. “One of the real joys in our business is being able to play a small part in the many celebrations and life moments our customers enjoy over a scoop, and being part of a vibrant, local culinary scene.”

The space is still under renovations but the scoop shop is planning to open in June with a grand opening event including free scoops for all, giveaways, and a chance to try some new flavors.

The shop will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily.

Blue Cow Ice Cream will feature more than 70 flavors of artisan ice cream. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Brett Winter Lemon)
Blue Cow Ice Cream will feature more than 70 flavors of artisan ice cream. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Brett Winter Lemon)

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