School of Music Grad Opens Unique Ice Cream Shop in Philly

Little Baby's hand-made, Philadelphia-style ice cream boasts surprising flavor combinations

August 16, 2012

What do you get when three musicians start experimenting with ice cream flavors? Little Baby’s Ice Cream, a unique shop co-founded by School of Music grad Martin Brown BM '04 (Trumpet), MAT '05 (Music Education) that recently opened its world headquarters in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.

Brown and co-founders Pete Angevine and Jeffrey Ziga launched Little Baby's in May 2011 at the Trenton Arts Festival, unveiling their custom-made tricycle packed with tubs of ice cream with such names as Earl Grey Sriracha, Peanut Butter Maple Tarragon and Balsamic Banana. The bizarre flavors sold out quickly and Little Baby’s was born.

Since then, the trio has increased its trike fleet to four, which pedal their way through places like Morgan's Pier on the Philly waterfront, as well as at outdoor concerts, street festivals and other events. With a part-time staff of 14, they've also got a kiosk inside music club Union Transfer and pints of Little Baby's are sold at various local stores.

Little Baby's Ice Cream co-founders (l-r) Pete Angevine, Jeffrey Ziga and Martin Brown show off their custom-made ice cream tricycles.

"In just a year, the upstart company has already become the most exciting development in ice cream in a city known for a couple of centuries as the ‘ice cream capital of the world,'" says Philadelphia Weekly.

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What started off as "a hobby, a fun thing to do on weekends" has turned into a such a success that the three were able to quit their jobs and devote all their time to Little Baby’s.

Their Philadelphia-style concoctions – with a 16-percent butterfat content that allows the ice cream to be marketed as "super-premium" – are exceptionally rich and velvety, boasting unique and surprising flavor combinations. Little Baby's also make several nondairy (vegan) flavors using coconut or almond milk as the base.

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