WASHINGTON – If it’s too hot and sticky to walk to the store to pick up a refreshing treat, you’re not completely out of luck. One local resident is finding an unconventional and convenient way to cool down the city’s ice cream lovers, just in time for the dog days of summer.
When Victoria Lai was living in New York and in between positions as an attorney, she began working in a pie shop.
“I really, really loved it. It made me so happy to be around food, to be creative, to be doing something with my hands,” says Lai, who now lives in D.C.
When she moved to Washington, she wanted to maintain that level of creativity with food, so she started a blog called Ice Cream Jubilee and began experimenting with different flavors of the frozen treat.
“It’s a great medium for me, and a very tasty one,” Lai says.
But what started as a blog for Lai has turned into a booming local business that still goes by the name, “Ice Cream Jubilee.”
In the summer of 2012, Lai began doing public tastings for her ice cream creations, after attracting more readers to her blog.
She dabbled into a little bit of catering and then moved to a commercial kitchen space in NOMA, a neighborhood in Northeast D.C., where she started making ice cream to sell to a select number of small, local stores and markets.
And this July, Lai launched her ice cream delivery business.
“When I would bring ice cream to my friends, just because my freezer was overflowing with different flavors, they would say,