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First Look: Humphry Slocombe Ferry Building

By Tamara Palmer
March 5, 2014
Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

The Mission's wonderfully irreverent ice cream parlor Humphry Slocombe has officially rolled its one-of-a-kind flavors like Elvis the Fat Years, Secret Breakfast and Chocolate Smoked Sea Salt into the long-awaited Ferry Building location. The curtains rise Wednesday, March 5, at 11 AM. Get the scoop on what to expect in the slide show below. Cheesy ice cream pun intended, 100%. 

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    Shift Design Studio dramatically opened and brightened up the formerly closed-off Ciao Bella space with a bright-white paint job - so people can come in and hang out in an airy space. The flavor board is on a folding wall that extends outside of the interior area and makes it more inviting. Soon there will be two standing counters to encourage people to chill out and enjoy their scoops right there. "We don't want you to go," says co-owner Sean Vahey, "we want you to stay and chill out."

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    The shop is starting out simple, with cones, cups and pre-packed cartons. Once they get into the groove, they'll add signature sundaes and exclusive flavors.

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    Pre-packed pints are available in a grab-and-go refrigerator that will have a dedicated express line. Half pints, perfect for consuming right on the spot, will be sold from a cart out front.

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    Backlit apothecary jars display some of the natural ingredients used in different flavors, such as hibiscus, pink peppercorns and Tahitian vanilla beans. On a separate shelf, jarred candy confections such as bacon peanut brittle and lard caramels are available for purchase.

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    One good reason to buy a pint of ice cream to take home is that you can also buy outrageous toppings like bourbon caramel sauce and bags of frosted almonds and frosted peanuts to make your own awesome sundaes at home. 

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    Proper rock stars that they are, Humphry Slocombe also has coffee mugs, T-shirts, cookbooks and other merchandise for sale.

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    This sweet detail pops up on the line posts, serving up a bit of a sassy nightclub realness.

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    With operating hours until 7 PM, the shop will be one of the latest businesses open in the Ferry Building, which starts to get sleepy before 6 PM.

  • Photo by: Douglas Zimmerman

    Details on a grand opening party are forthcoming, but you can expect that they'll be celebrating in consummate style, possibly with the help of a couple of drag queens. Stay tuned for more on the celebration. 

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