The popular ice cream shop the Charmery will open its new production facility in Union Collective on July 2, the company announced today.
Dubbed the Ice Cream Factory, the new 5,000-square-foot space will allow the Charmery to up its production from 40 gallons a day to 300 gallons a day, the announcement said. And there will be a space dedicated to purchasing and enjoying the frozen treat, hopefully leading to shorter lines at the anchor location on the Avenue.
In a move befitting of the Charmery’s unique flavors, husband and wife co-owners Laura and David Alima came up with some Willy Wonka-esque design elements for the factory, including a Rube Goldberg machine, a seating booth shaped like an ice cream truck and a coin-activated ice cream cone ride.
The couple is also planning events such as movie screenings and guest chefs.
“This move allows us to grow responsibly and in all the right ways,” David Alima said in a statement. “We’re putting it all on the line and excited to present our vision for all to see.”
Also part of the Charmery’s expansion: a recently opened second location in Towson.
After the first day of business on July 2, the Ice Cream Factory will be open Monday to Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m.
Following months of planning and news announcements, the grand openings are starting to roll in at Union Collective, with bouldering gym Earth Treks setting up shop earlier this month and the namesake Union Craft Brewing kicking things off with a “celebratory shotgun” on June 14.