Danielle, Zsa’s owner, founded Zsa’s Ice Cream in 2011. Zsa’s started as a hobby – Danielle was making ice cream on the side and selling the ice cream at different farmers markets on the weekend while working a typical 9-5. Working full-time while developing the business gave Danielle time to learn what she needed to achieve in order to get the business up and running. When she finally felt that she was ready to launch, she quit her full-time job and took the leap.
Zsa is a nickname that Danielle and her sister, Rebecca, call each other. When they were younger, they wanted to come up with a cool nickname by combining both of their names. Amongst all the searching, they saw the name “Zsa” somewhere and the rest is history. When the business was first developing, Danielle was advised not to name the business “Zsa’s.” However, Danielle didn’t agree. She loved the name because not only was it personal to her, it was unique, short, and memorable.
Zsa’s began production out of a rented bakery warehouse kitchen then transitioned into making ice cream out of a rented kitchen in a private elementary school. The business sold ice cream out of their own branded ice cream truck at markets and local events before settling down in their current brick-and-mortar retail location. Danielle wanted the business to succeed, so she put a high-priority on getting Zsa’s placed in grocery stores. This was important so that the business was still making money during the winter months. So, Danielle went around, in person, to different gourmet grocery stores throughout the area to pitch Zsa’s to the grocery provider. It worked – now Zsa’s is in over 50 local grocery stores.
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Danielle has to wear a lot of different hats around the business. However, her favorite has always been testing and developing the new ice cream flavors. What are the Zsa’s fan favorites? WHYY considers their Salted Toffee Almond Graham Cracker ice cream sandwich with vanilla ice cream to be their best. Another crowd pleaser is their version of an Oreo Cookie ice cream sandwich. This option is two dark chocolate wafers on the outside with sweet cream ice cream or coffee ice cream in the middle. Check out their social media for some amazing foodie pics of the ice cream and ice cream sandwiches.
Barbara Bishop started the North 5th Street Revitalization Project in 2008. Barbara is from the neighborhood and realized that it was declining. She, herself, was a small business owner in Olney, so she wanted to step in and help where she could. So, she decided to apply for a grant through Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce to get assistance for small businesses in the area. Barbara was granted the funding and have been helping the community ever since.
North 5th Street has 340+ unique businesses and restaurants. The area that North 5th Street Revitalization Project covers spans 15 blocks across North Philadelphia, around 1.5 miles. N5SRP’s tagline is “Global is local.” They use this tagline because they are proud of Olney’s diversity. In fact, Olney is the most linguistically diverse section in the city of Philadelphia.
N5SRP’s mission is to manage, promote, and revitalize North 5th Street. The North 5th team takes price in being extremely community-based. The work the project does is driven by the ideas and the concerns of the community.
Stephanie, director of N5SPR, is originally from New York. She moved to Olney when she was 13 years old and fell in love with the area. Stephanie always knew deep down that she wanted to go into the nonprofit world. She worked as a kindergarten teacher before she decided to apply for
Some upcoming events include Food Tours throughout Olney. During this tour, you get to sample different foods from surrounding restaurants. The restaurant owners make small plate portions so that you have enough room to try all of the tasty dishes! Whether you’re an Olney local or a visitor, this tour has something for everyone. The next tour is on May 18th. Visit their events page for more information.