We are a mobile trailer that serves hard and soft ice cream with a smile!
HARD SCOOP (locally sourced, craft ice cream that will be sure to delight your tastebuds)
Our usual offerings include Gelati Celesti's:
- Chocolate Decadence
- Church Hill Butter Brickle (exclusively offered at The Scoop)
- Blanchard's Dark as Dark coffee
- Butter Pecan
- Salted Caramel
- Birthday Cake
- We offer more rotating flavors, a dairy-free sorbet, and a vegan option is coming soon!
SOFT SERVE (nostalgic and delicious, unique to this area and easy on your wallet)
- 2 rotating flavors that can be twisted like orange dreamsicle, mocha, or black raspberry
Our favorite way to eat ice cream is between two cookies in our irresistible ice cream sandwiches made with Scoop home made cookies and your favorite flavor of ice cream.
This is your neighborhood ice cream spot, so feel free to come share your ideas with us!
Corner of Nine Mile Rd. and N. 26th St. Richmond, VA 23223
For more information: text 804-938-9961
IN THE NEWS:
We made the Top 5 on Best Ice Cream Shops list in Richmond Mom's Best of Richmond 2018
Channel 6 News Feature! We are grateful for Greg McQuade's story on The Scoop.
Check out a story on Lawson in her high school alumni news.
The Scoop's founders, Alfonso and Lawson, first met when Lawson's family moved in next door to Alfonso's in 2004. Over the years, while working in very different industries, the two would talk often of ways to invest in the community they loved. Lawson had a dream of creating an ice cream social-enterprise, a vision born on the front porches of her neighbors. From long sits on Alfonso's porch, the two would discuss the good and the bad changes in the neighborhood, the need for good jobs for young men and women too often "working" in the streets, and the need for real inter-dependence among different types of people. While sitting on another neighbor's porch, Lawson listened to Mama Blount's description of High's Ice Cream. They both lamented the lack of a neighborhood ice cream spot and Mama Blount shared all her favorite memories of eating Butter Brickle and enjoying time with neighbors in the thriving 1950's of Church Hill. So when Lawson left her post as Blue Sky Fund's Executive Director, she asked Alfonso to go into business with her, and he excitedly agreed. With a commitment to history, community, and opportunity, The Neighborhood Scoop was born in 2017!
Our mission is to provide a gathering place for all to experience the joy of ice cream and the connection of community.
We hire local young people needing opportunity.
In a rapidly changing neighborhood, we want to be a business that remains accessible, affordable, and welcoming to all.
Alfonso Clarke, Manager- Al grew up in Fairfield Court and now lives in Church Hill with his amazing wife, Terry. When he is not at the Scoop, he enjoys looking after his grandkids, landscaping, and relaxing.
Lawson Wijesooriya, Manager- Lawson moved to Church Hill in 2004 and now lives here with her wonderful husband, Romesh, two kids, and always a household full of people. When she is not at the Scoop, she enjoys being active outside, traveling, volunteering at Chimborazo Elementary School, and hanging out with friends.
Chris Schofield- Chris is a lifelong resident of Church Hill who joined up with Lawson and Alfonso from our very first days opening The Scoop. He finished up at VCU and is now working as a teaching resident at Church Hill Academy where he is investing in the next generation of young people in our community. We love having him live a few blocks away so he can fill in at The Scoop when we need it.
Lorin Johnson, Shift Manager- Lorin got connected to the Scoop through a mentor from Anna Julia Cooper School and both the Scoop and Lorin knew it would be a great fit for her to work as a shift manager while she is home from Randolph Macon College. She grew up in Whitcomb Court and is passionate about her community. She says, "I am always ready to scoop ice cream and meet others who live in Church Hill."
Ayanna Gill, Scooper- Ayanna joined the team in the spring of 2018 with lots of creativity and energy for great food and great service. She attends Church Hill Academy, loves cooking, and says, "here at The Scoop, I am happy to work in a place where I can serve ice cream and enjoy my community. I come excited to work every day!"
Jarius Smith, Scooper- The Scoop is Jarius' first official job, and he is eager to learn and serve every day. He attends Church Hill Academy, was raised on the Northside of Richmond, and moved to Church Hill at age 13. He says, "I enjoy serving the community and making people's day."
Tyler Bodlak, Shift Manager- Tyler grew up in Nebraska and moved to Church Hill in 2017 with his wife, Casey. They have both quickly grown to love the neighborhood! When not at The Scoop, Tyler can often be found roaming the outdoors on foot or by bike.
Myrtle Mines, Shift Manager- Myrtle, a lifelong native of Church Hill, has been a rising star and leader in our community starting at a young age. Finishing first in her class at Armstrong High School, she then went on to complete her degree at JMU and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Teaching, so she too can invest in the next generation of young people as a middle school teacher.