This west Seattle deli has been a neighborhood institution for three generations. ....Homemade, hand-packed Husky Deli ice cream is the mainstay. Ice cream comes in more than 40 flavors, such as Oreo and Swiss chocolate-orange.
Besides the fact that the ice cream is good, there are many other reasons I love Husky- 1) they always have coconut, my favorite flavor, often spurned by other parlors 2) it's like $2 for an enormous single scoop 3) it's close to the West Seattle Easy Street records, meaning I can indulge 2 vices (Ice cream and used cd shoppin') with an easy walk.
So you can imagine my displeasure when a Ben and Jerry's "scoop shop" opened across the street from Easy Street last year. Ever time I passed that corner, I'd make the growling sound my cat makes when a dog gets too close to her. I feared a Wal-Mart or Starbucks effect and hoped that the neighborhood could support 2 ice cream stores in 3 blocks, since we seem to be able to do that for coffee shops.
In January, Ben and Jerry's locked the doors and put up a sign saying they were closed for January and February and would "see us in the spring" My first thought was, "Well, HUSKY stays open during the coldest months to serve ice cream, you pussies". My second thought was that January notwithstanding, some coconut ice cream would be delicious right now. And off to Husky I went.
I was gone for half of March, and I didn't get to California street much before my trip. I went last night for some Indian food, and what do I see on the B&J corner but paper over the windows and a sign announcing that Cupcake Royale is coming soon to West Seattle.
So long, you Vermont fuckers. Not only am I glad that the superior ice cream vendor prevailed, but I'm glad that your corporate site location people are apparently idiots. You have four Seattle locations (2 appear to be near or in SafeCo Field) , and so you decided the ideal next store should go 2 blocks away from a beloved store founded 19 years before Ben and Jerry were even BORN? Capitol Hill has no ice cream parlor (despite being the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle) but West Seattle needs 2 in 3 blocks? McDonalds and Starbucks may benefit from that kind of saturation, but ice cream, maybe not so much.
Good luck to the Cupcake Royale people, who apparently did enough market research to know that no one else on California street sells cupcakes and thus may have a fighting chance.