Located in the heart of Wynwood, local craft ice cream shop, Dasher & Crank, has been bringing happiness to locals for about two and a half years.
In that time, they have created over 400 flavors and have collaborated with some of Miami’s best food artisans.
And during these trying times, Dasher & Crank is sprinkling the spirit of joy into the community.
"Ice cream is unique, it's not really food. You don't eat ice cream because you're hungry, it's really more of an emotion. You eat ice cream to be happy. Even though sales have been down throughout this shelter in place, we found it more important than ever to remain open and spread happiness to our community during these trying times. We also took some of the Dasher and Crank's here and spread it throughout the community. We went to Holtz Children Hospital, we went to Jackson [Memorial Hospital], we went to the food shelters, and did everything that we can to help the community out during these hard times," said Daniel Levine, owner of Dasher & Crank.
Before COVID-19, Dasher & Crank’s number one priority was to warn their customers about allergies regarding flavors with peanuts and other ingredients. While they still warn them about that, now their first priority is just to keep their customers safe.
"All employees are forced to wear masks and gloves, not touch their face, and we sanitize in between each customer coming in. We only allow one party in at a time. We know the proper way to wear our masks, it's supposed to go over the nose and over the mouth, we're trying not to touch our face, and washing our hands constantly. Our Dining room is remained shut, even though legally we're allowed to keep it open. We have been keeping it closed because it really isn't essential and we just want to exercise an abundance of caution," said Daniel.
The ice cream shop used to rely on customers who were out to enjoy Wynwood’s atmosphere, but with the help of the delivery apps, takeout, and Daniel, the shop continues to service the community.
"That's been our saving grace throughout all of this. Uber Eats, Postmates, and Grubhub. Being able to bring our ice cream into people's homes has been really important. In addition to being on these delivery apps, I am personally making weekly deliveries to neighborhoods outside our delivery radius just to make sure that no matter where you live, you'll have access to delicious ice cream," said Daniel.
Daniel also mentions that the next couple of weeks he will be releasing new flavors in collaboration with local businesses such as Zak The Baker, Pink Pie, Coconut Cartel, and so many more.