An oddly named gelato shop finds a home on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.
An’s Dry Cleaning has silk, cotton, linen and even chiffon. Don’t be fooled though, those are not types of fabric, but rather the names of gelato one can order at the new North Park gelato shop, which has its grand opening on June 16.
Co-founders Kris Warren, David Aguilera, Travis Bailey and Jimmy Blalock began their gelato journey with the name Tre Fratelli Gelato (“three brothers” in Italian) but felt the name was not right. After searching various neighborhoods for a leasing space, they found what formerly housed An’s Alterations and Dry Cleaning on Adams Avenue. The name stuck and so began a laundry-themed venture.
The team decided to pay homage to the building’s history while also giving their shop a somewhat wacky concept. Who would think something with the name dry cleaning would serve locally sourced small batch gelato?
“We’re re-purposing these things to be kind of cool,” said Warren. “Now we’re using the vernacular of those dry cleaners to make you want to look.”
And it does just that.
The interior is clean and simple, napkin holders made in the shape of irons sit atop tables designed like ironing boards attach to the wall, while the opposite wall features a large decal of a woman commonly found in actual dry cleaning stores.
Then, there is the cleverly named menu. Order a cup of silk (an almond and sage gelato), cotton (a rice, milk and cinnamon gelato) with starch (on a cone) or the fluff and fold (a take home sample of each gelato).
An’s Dry Cleaning prides itself in using natural and local ingredients. They offer both dairy gelato and vegan sorbet, pints to take home and gelato cakes.
As for the fabric names, it’s carefully thought out. Once a flavor is tested and created, the team reads up on the multitude of available fabrics, matching a flavor to a fabric based on the ingredients used or the texture of the gelato. For example, the gelato consisting of chocolate, cinnamon, honey and pepper is named after plaid due to its odd ingredient combination that unexpectedly comes together to form a complex flavor.
The menu selection will include permanent items as well as rotating flavors. This decision is two-fold (pun intended): to test out new flavors as well as take out flavors with ingredients not in season. The team accepts suggestions through the An’s Dry Cleaning Instagram. Cotton, a nod to traditional horchata and one of the more popular flavors, was actually suggested by a follower.
The grand opening will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16. The first 10 guests will receive an An’s Dry Cleaning t-shirt and guests who come in for the grand opening will be entered into a raffle to win a gelato cake. The shop will also debut three new flavors (Wool, Velour and Termeh).
Warren said he hopes to continue doing pop-ups with other local businesses like they have already done with Nomad Donuts and Polite Provisions prior to the opening of the brick and mortar shop.
“The (local) companies just reassured us that we made the right decision in moving to this neighborhood because they wrapped their arms around us and we like ‘we will do whatever we can for you,’” said Warren.
An’s Dry Cleaning is open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
3017 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.450.6166, adcgelato.com