A DC ice cream shop that’s warming hearts and happily freezing brains

You might not be thinking about ice cream this winter, but there’s a shop in D.C. that’s pleasantly warming people’s hearts: Everyday Sundae in Petworth on 713 Kennedy Street in Northwest.

One day last spring, shop owner Charles Foreman gave away a cone to a kid who didn’t have any money. One customer noticed, and people have continued to pay it forward, leaving behind money to give away more ice cream.

“[We see people] giving $40, $20, or saying ‘Here’s an extra $10 because I’m going to buy the next two scoops for the people who come in behind us,’” Foreman said. He added that he’s determined to be a bright spot in a neighborhood that’s seen quite a bit of gun violence over the past few years.

“I said that I’m not going to let that story dominate,” Foreman said. “Every time you shoot, I’m going to give away ice cream.”

“Giving $40, $20, or saying ‘Here’s an extra $10 because I’m going to buy the next two scoops for the people who come in behind us.” said store owner Charles Foreman. (WTOP/Kyle Cooper)

That’s why Miriam Guzman came here to get a cone: she wanted to support the idea of a better neighborhood.

“That’s very generous of him,” Guzman said. “Not many people would be giving their business away like that.”

The ice cream store has been open since July 2021, and Foreman has lived in the Petworth neighborhood for more than 20 years.

Kyle Cooper

Anchor and reporter Kyle Cooper, has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana, and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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