Josh & John's ice cream expanding to Colorado Springs' north side

By Rich Laden Updated: December 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm • Published: November 30, 2017 0

Get ready for a triple scoop of Josh & John's.

The longtime local maker of slow-churned ice cream plans to open a third Colorado Springs location next spring, northwest of North Gate Boulevard and Colorado 83 in a small shopping center in the Flying Horse development.

Lindsay Keller, who co-owns Josh & John's with husband John Krakauer, said the couple was attracted to the city's fast-growing north side, where newer residential areas are teeming with rooftops and families.

"There's a need there," Keller said. "If you look at the rate of (home) construction and folks in the surrounding areas, I'm not sure where they're getting ice cream right now. When we looked at the Monument market, the Flying Horse market, the Pine Creek market, the Briargate market, it just seemed like a good place to land."

The Flying Horse location, surrounded by hundreds of homes, also has a similar neighborhood feel to Josh & John's store on Centennial Boulevard in northwest side Mountain Shadows, Keller said.

In Mountain Shadows, homeowners and families walk and bike to the store, especially in the summer, Keller said. She expects the same kind of reception at the Flying Horse location, which will have indoor seating and a patio offering mountain views.

"It's a neighborhood sort of feeling, which is what we kind of fell in love with at the Mountain Shadows store," Keller said. "That community just embraced Josh & John's and kind of made it their store."

The new location will have a similar menu that includes ice cream, sundaes and shakes, Keller said. Like its other locations, Josh & John's will make products on site at the Flying Horse store - using turn-of-the-century rock salt and ice freezers to slowly mix ingredients into the ice cream.

The nearly hour-long process - much slower than typical shops - produces creamier and more flavorful ice cream, Keller and Krakauer say.

Josh & John's also has a Pikes Peak Avenue location in downtown Colorado Springs; the ice cream maker - named for Krakauer and former partner Josh Paris - first opened in 1986 on Kiowa Street in downtown.

Another Josh & John's in a shopping center at Union and Academy boulevards had been operated by a franchisee, who closed the location a few years ago when the lease ended, Keller said.

While many north side residents might recognize Josh & John's, others aren't necessarily familiar with the name, Keller said.

"Sometimes folks don't make it to downtown," Keller said. "It's been something that people have asked for, for us to move further east and further north. And so, we're just really excited to have found this location. It feels like the right fit. It feels like the right timing."

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