Molly Moon’s new Queen Anne location announced

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by Editor


Molly Moon’s new ice cream shop will be located at 321 W. Galer St., Molly Moon’s publicist Jennifer Carroll told QueenAnneView Wednesday.

The lease for the address, currently occupied by Mes Amis pet boutique, was signed on Tuesday, according to Carroll. The doors are slated to open later this summer, but the official opening date has yet to be decided, Carroll said.

Molly Moon’s, with shops in Wallingford and Capitol Hill, held a contest between Madrona, Ballard and Queen Anne from December through February to decide where it would open its doors next. The local ice creamery ultimately decided to open a full shop in Queen Anne, and a smaller “micro-shop” in Madrona.

We reached out to the owner of Mes Amis for comment and to find out if the store would be moving to a new location or closing, and if so, when, but have not yet heard back. We’ll keep you posted on this story as we find out more.

Update 4/15 2:30 p.m.: We contacted Mes Amis owner Nicole Ryan for a comment a few days ago. At the time we first published this post, she had not heard back from her landlord on the status of the lease agreement. Nicole wrote back to us this morning confirming that Mes Amis will in fact be closing, though a final date has not yet been determined.

“I have a 5 year lease that is ending on August 31st.  As my landlord was unwilling to negotiate the monthly rent, which has increased every year, I was faced with the decision to move the business, sell it, or simply close. Since I opened, 6 other independent pet shops in Seattle have closed, so every neighborhood has had a rough go of it. And because we have lived in QA for 10 years, I really did not want to take the store into a different neighborhood. So, I recently made the extremely difficult decision to close,” Nicole wrote us.

Nicole says she was not aware of Molly Moon’s plans to move into her shop space until well after the fact. She only got confirmation about the deal on Wednesday of this week, after the new lease with Molly Moon’s was signed. Before that she had only heard rumors about the deal, and then came across this report.

Though Nicole is sad to bring Mes Amis to a close, she’s looking forward to focusing her attention on her two-year-old, and the corporate job she’s recently returned to. “However, there will be many, many tears when I finally do close up shop,” she wrote.

Mes Amis has the space through the end of August. Nicole says she’s been given the option to leave early, however she hasn’t yet decided if she wants to take or leave that offer.

“I am thrilled for the neighborhood, but I just wish things had been executed a different way. I was forced to tell my employees much earlier than I had planned on, and of course, once word gets out that a store is closing, business suffers greatly,” she wrote.

In the meantime Mes Amis is very much alive and well. There are no current plans to change anything about the store, its products, or hours.


  • punkateer

    Mes amis is a front for something as it is NEVER OPENED. But I would take a front for illegal activity over an over-rated ice cream shop that recycles snoqualmie ice cream (ask Molly herself as it is common knowledge). Molly purposefully hires slow annoying teenie boppers to create a fake demand and make it seem chic.

  • punkateer

    Mes amis is a front for something as it is NEVER OPENED. But I would take a front for illegal activity over an over-rated ice cream shop that recycles snoqualmie ice cream (ask Molly herself as it is common knowledge). Molly purposefully hires slow annoying teenie boppers to create a fake demand and make it seem chic.

  • Natt

    Molly Moon is horrible quality ice cream with good quality marketing. She will probably be successful because Seattlites don’t know any better.

  • Natt

    Molly Moon is horrible quality ice cream with good quality marketing. She will probably be successful because Seattlites don’t know any better.

  • QA.RES

    Who cares if it’s supposedly horrible quality, it’s still delicious!

    Please tell me where I can go to find ice cream as unique and tasty at an equally affordable price, because until I find something else like it –Molly Moons will always be my favorite.

  • QA.RES

    Who cares if it’s supposedly horrible quality, it’s still delicious!

    Please tell me where I can go to find ice cream as unique and tasty at an equally affordable price, because until I find something else like it –Molly Moons will always be my favorite.

  • first of all, to all of Queen Anne — i’m so excited to open in your neighborhood! thank you so much for supporting our truck over the winter!

    second:
    dear punkateer,

    you are incorrect in your statements about my business and my recipes. i work very hard to source and purchase the best possible ingredients for my ice creams and sorbets. i always prioritize local, sustainable, and organic practices. when we can’t buy local (like vanilla and chocolate), those ingredients are always organic, fair trade, or both. i work with Barry at Snoqualmie Gourmet to create a custom recipe for my ice cream base that is hormone free dairy from pastured cows from a single family farm in Lynden. Barry creates this for me because my little shops don’t have room to pasteurize all the dairy it takes to keep up with my demand. my ice cream recipe is 19% milk fat, contains no corn syrup, no eggs, and a very small amount (less than 1%) natural stabilizers like carrageenan (seaweed extract) and tree gums.

    i put all of my social and political values into this business and i’m very proud of the choices we make. i feel good about the young people that i hire and i pay them well and pay for 100% of their health insurance. they work hard. they sometimes have lines because other people in seattle share our values and like our recipes.

    i respect your opinions, but respectfully, please stop telling lies on the internet when you don’t exactly know what you’re talking about.

  • first of all, to all of Queen Anne — i’m so excited to open in your neighborhood! thank you so much for supporting our truck over the winter!

    second:
    dear punkateer,

    you are incorrect in your statements about my business and my recipes. i work very hard to source and purchase the best possible ingredients for my ice creams and sorbets. i always prioritize local, sustainable, and organic practices. when we can’t buy local (like vanilla and chocolate), those ingredients are always organic, fair trade, or both. i work with Barry at Snoqualmie Gourmet to create a custom recipe for my ice cream base that is hormone free dairy from pastured cows from a single family farm in Lynden. Barry creates this for me because my little shops don’t have room to pasteurize all the dairy it takes to keep up with my demand. my ice cream recipe is 19% milk fat, contains no corn syrup, no eggs, and a very small amount (less than 1%) natural stabilizers like carrageenan (seaweed extract) and tree gums.

    i put all of my social and political values into this business and i’m very proud of the choices we make. i feel good about the young people that i hire and i pay them well and pay for 100% of their health insurance. they work hard. they sometimes have lines because other people in seattle share our values and like our recipes.

    i respect your opinions, but respectfully, please stop telling lies on the internet when you don’t exactly know what you’re talking about.

  • Alice

    WTG Molly!! I am soooo excited you are moving into our neighborhood. Just too bad so many people are jealous of your success!!

  • Alice

    WTG Molly!! I am soooo excited you are moving into our neighborhood. Just too bad so many people are jealous of your success!!

  • david

    +1 for Molly! I’m glad you got on here to set the record straight, let’s support local business.

  • david

    +1 for Molly! I’m glad you got on here to set the record straight, let’s support local business.

  • ronna

    Dear Molly,

    Last month your website stated that the dairy in Snoqualmie’s ice cream mix came from several farms around Monroe and Duvall, where the milk was the best you’ve ever tasted. Now you say that you get your milk and cream from a single farm in Lynden, where the milk is the best you’ve ever tasted. I have an email with your personal response to an inquiry at Slow Food Seattle in which you stated, “I make very conscious choices about where I buy my dairy (from local farmers — both who are and are not members of the Dairygold co-op. I wish I didn’t have to work with Dairygold, but there are not farms near Seattle large enough to have a consistent supply to meet my demand)…” So which one is it? Does Snoqualmie Gourmet still use Dairygold dairy? Did a single farm suddenly manifest in Lynden that could meet your high demand? Frankly, how can the public trust any of your claims about your sourcing and ingredients when your stories change so often and have so many contradictions?

  • ronna

    Dear Molly,

    Last month your website stated that the dairy in Snoqualmie’s ice cream mix came from several farms around Monroe and Duvall, where the milk was the best you’ve ever tasted. Now you say that you get your milk and cream from a single farm in Lynden, where the milk is the best you’ve ever tasted. I have an email with your personal response to an inquiry at Slow Food Seattle in which you stated, “I make very conscious choices about where I buy my dairy (from local farmers — both who are and are not members of the Dairygold co-op. I wish I didn’t have to work with Dairygold, but there are not farms near Seattle large enough to have a consistent supply to meet my demand)…” So which one is it? Does Snoqualmie Gourmet still use Dairygold dairy? Did a single farm suddenly manifest in Lynden that could meet your high demand? Frankly, how can the public trust any of your claims about your sourcing and ingredients when your stories change so often and have so many contradictions?


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