NOVEMBER 1, 2023 – BALTIMORE – Caves Valley Partners today announced that Always Ice Cream Company has signed a lease to open in 1,135 square feet of space in The Village of Cross Keys.
Voted Best of Annapolis and Central Maryland for Ice Cream, Frozen Treats, Dessert, Place to Take Out-of-Towners, and Place to Take Your Kids, Always Ice Cream Company will bring its meticulously crafted blend of premium, homemade ice cream to Cross Keys. The store’s sleek, contemporary design will create a cutting-edge allure in the new jewel box building being constructed near the main entrance to the Village Shops between Atlas Restaurant Group’s new Asian restaurant and The Cordish Company’s Cece’s Roland Park.
“On warm, beautiful days like the ones we had this past week, I wish there were a place nearby where we could go out for a delicious scoop of ice cream in an upscale, relaxed setting,” said Arsh Mirmiran, the partner at Caves Valley Partners leading the development of Cross Keys. “Starting in the spring of 2024, anyone in the area will be able to do so at Always Ice Cream Company’s new location at Cross Keys.”
Co-founded by brothers Mark and Adam Cohen, Always Ice Cream Company’s mantra is: Work Hard. Play Hard. Eat Ice Cream. The company has developed an entirely new ice cream experience that prioritizes top-tier ice cream and elevates the customer experience. Always Ice Cream Company achieves this by crafting ice cream using only natural and uncomplicated ingredients with minimal preservatives, added sugars, and artificial flavors.
“Landing a top notch, creative ice cream concept has been one of the goals for Cross Keys since we undertook the redevelopment effort,” continued Mirmiran. “We are very pleased to have connected with the Cohen brothers at Always Ice Cream Company. They run an impressive operation, and the passion of the family and the employees for the brand and product is special.”
“Our goal is for every bite to deliver a unique and exceptional flavor experience,” said Mark Cohen. “Whether it’s the tang of our key lime pie ice cream, the sweetness of our strawberry ice cream, or one of our other flavors, the taste is the same each and every time.”
“For example, our renowned homemade apple pie ice cream integrates a complete, freshly baked apple pie,” said Adam Cohen. “This is just one of many recipes which have evolved over the past 20 years to create treats for your taste buds. If you can’t wait until the spring, visit our website for a complete list of restaurants and grocery stores where our ice cream is sold.”
The distinct flavors at Always Ice Cream change daily and include flavors such as Blue Angel, Cookie Monster, and Penguin Tracks. Vegan or dairy-free varieties are available in flavors such as Matcha, Peanut Butter Oreo, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin, and many more. Always Ice Cream Company also offers ice cream cakes in a variety of flavors for any occasion, brownie sandwiches, Belgian waffles, nutty buddies, and custom soft serve along with gluten-free ice cream and cones.
“Always Ice Cream Company is going to find itself being a destination for a lot of customers,” said Mirmiran. “The store will enjoy a symbiotic relationship with several existing tenants such as Kiddie Calvert, Baltimore School of Music, SparTea, and Pied Piper as well as the additional restaurant uses that are under construction and opening this coming spring and summer. The number of schools and multiple sports clubs, like Coppermine, located within a five-minute drive of Cross Keys will also drive strong traffic to Always Ice Cream Company’s first Baltimore-area location and fifth location overall.”
About the Village of Cross Keys
Cross Keys was originally developed in 1965 by Jim Rouse, the visionary founder of The Rouse Company. The property was acquired by Baltimore-based Caves Valley Partners in 2020 and is actively undergoing a comprehensive redevelopment, including the recently completed renovation of Village Square and the ongoing construction of two new restaurant pads, delivering in 2024. The fully completed development will include the addition of nearly 350 apartments as well as new retail and office buildings.