Monday, November 3, 2008

Favorite Local Vendor, Sweet Republic

This post by guest blogger and my good friend Pat E.

I visited Sweet Republic last Saturday between soccer games with friends (Trudy and Liz) & their 14-year-old sons (Noah and Spencer). While I've been to SR twice and have loved it, I'm nervous  about their future because it has been empty both times. Why, oh why do the good die young?

SR offers artisanal ice creams and yogurt made with organic and local ingredients. The 10 or so flavors include blue cheese (only for the brave), salted butter caramel, and (on the day we were there) pumpkin.

Both Noah and Spencer selected the Pumpkin which was the best Thanksgiving day pie taste you can imagine (pumpkin-ey and spicy, very spicy) only frozen and creamy. When asked if they liked it both boys managed to look up long enough to nod. I think that for teenage boys this is a resounding positive response.

Trudy and I had the frozen yogurt which is lovely and light and tangy, like really good Greek yogurt that you can find at specialty stores. Fabulous!

Liz had the salted butter caramel (which I had on my first visit) and OMG. If you like salty/sweet you'll love this. The vanilla is super creamy, the caramel is decadent and the dash of salt? it puts you over the edge.

I wish I lived closer, but then I'd gain 20 pounds each month.

The interior is bright and cheery (think IKEA, only even more hip) but not imposing. The staff at both visits were friendly and helpful.

The owners Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung are former investment bankers turned ice cream mavens.  They opened the shop over Memorial Day weekend 2008 with a goal of providing high quality, natural ingredients and tastes you can't get in other ice cream shops (think Basil Lime and Chocolate Ginger). But they also serve classic favorites like mint chocolate chip (with real mint, naturally) and Rocky Road (home made marshmallows!)

The Phoenix New Times voted Sweet Republic "Best Ice Cream 2008." You can read a review of the shop by the Arizona Republic. Find more information on the Sweet Republic website, or visit them at:

9160 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Store Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays: 11am-9pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 11am-10pm
Sundays 12-8pm

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