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Peddler’s Creamery

At Peddler’s Creamery in downtown LA, the employees ride a stationary bicycle as part of their job description. Why? Because the bike is connected to the ice cream churner, and if the employees don’t pedal, the ice cream doesn’t get made.

Founded by Edward Belden, an eco-conscious bike enthusiast with a passion for small-batch organic ice cream, Peddler’s Creamery started as a one-man, five-gallons-at-a-time operation. When business picked up, Belden was ready for his own ice cream parlor. Enter LA architect Oonagh Ryan (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory), who immediately understood the most compelling aspect of the business: “By placing a stationary bike that’s connected to the ice cream churner in the public portion of the shop, employees and customers produce ice cream by pedaling—reducing the shop’s carbon footprint, getting some exercise, and understanding the process all at the same time.”


Peddler’s Creamery
At Peddler’s Creamery, the stationary bicycle powers the ice cream maker, which is enclosed in the multicolored shingled box, aka the dairy. As employees and customers pedal away, ice cream is churned—and the ceiling sculpture made of bicycle parts is activated. Photo: Eric Staudenmaier
“Set front and center in the dairy is a little shadow-box window that enables customers to see the ice cream churn in action,” Ryan says. The dairy is clad in brightly painted shingles made from deconstructed wood pallets. Photo: Eric Staudenmaier
A detail of the kinetic sculpture made of old bicycle parts. Photo: Eric Staudenmaier
Inside the dairy, the ice cream is churned in a classic, rock-salt-filled, wooden ice cream maker. Photo via Cool Hunting
“We studied several forms for the dairy. In the end, the simple colored box set on a white-tiled bar won,” Ryan says. “The window gives it a little beauty mark.” Photo: Eric Staudenmaier
The shingles are coated in VOC-free paint, using colors that create a visual connection to the ice cream on display. Photo via Cool Hunting.

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