Nicecream was started in a small home kitchen, as two food lovers' weekend project. College sweethearts, Gil and Sandra Welsford, loved cooking together and trying adventurous recipes. One Saturday morning, they decided to take Sandra's ice cream recipes to the next level by freezing her creations with liquid nitrogen. Captivated by the process and the quality of ice cream coming out of their experiment, they forged on. After a few weeks of molecular gastronomy experimentation, the idea of Nicecream was born.
Starting in farmers markets, the two push cart-ed their way into the hearts of ice cream lovers all over DC. They earned the title of "Best Ice Cream in DC" at The DC Scoop competition multiple years in a row. In 2014, they used their own personal savings to open their first store in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. They earned recognition from CNN, US News and World Reports, Food and Wine, as well as many local and national publications. Since then, Nicecream has grown to four ice cream shops. Remaining a locally owned and female operated company, Nicecream has stayed true to its values of fresh, ethically raised milk and produce while they continue to spread their passion for freshly crafted ice cream throughout DC.