If you haven’t tried Cold Comfort, ­Fernwood’s own ice cream ­company, stop what you’re doing and get down there

›› Lauren Gaultier

Now that Spring is officially upon us, we can all get outside and enjoy some ­sunshine, flowers, and ice cream—and there is no better place than Cold Comfort to get your fix. Born out of culinary interest and a flair for flavour, Cold Comfort morphed from a small subscription delivery service in 2010, to a thriving year-round shop branching into wholesale and looking to expand ­production operations.

Fernwood resident and owner Autumn Maxwell’s goal with her funky ice cream shop has always been to make someone’s day brighter. When you walk into her shop full of nostalgia that span the decades, she wants you to feel like you are walking into a party, or back in time to a joyful childhood experience.

In addition to the straight cool vibe of the shop, you are bound to find something you love with all they to offer. Do you like tubs of ice cream? They have several seasonal flavours and standards that include The Best Chocolate and Rosemary Sour Cherry. Maybe you’re more of an ice cream sandwich lover? Well then, you’re in luck—their standards include Hoyne Dark ­Matter on Vanilla Macaron and Plain Jane on Chocolate Chip Cookie to name a couple. Maybe you just want a scoop or two? Try one of their seven rotating flavours in a cup or a sugar cone. If you are vegan, gluten aware or even sugar-free they have options for you, too.

Even if you are not an ice cream lover, probably everyone else you know is… so why not bring them a custom ice cream cake, or give them a cool custom pint gift certificate? For $25 you can buy a blank post-card which acts as a gift certificate that the bearer can redeem for a hand-delivered pint of whatever flavour you can think up!

This truly unique shop makes ­everything in-house and from scratch with ­primarily local and organic products packaged in compostable and recyclable materials. Share in their beliefs of community, equality and accessibility, by popping into this year-round shop on North Park to say hello, get to know your neighbour, and discover your new favourite.

Find Cold Comfort on Instagram at @­misscoldcomfort or check out their website at coldcomfort.ca.