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The Summer Scoop: Denver’s (ice) cream of the crop

Denver is a year-round ice cream town, but come summer, we lose our collective cool for the stuff. Just check the lines at Bonnie Brae, Liks, Magill’s or any of the other neighborhood ice cream shops around town. These longtime leaders have been serving the market for years. But as much as we love our standbys, there’s something about new ice cream shops that really tempts our sweet tooth. Here, we catch up with a few of the newer kids on the ice cream block.

A. Sweet Action

A frozen-flavor revolution has been churning on Broadway this year in a fun and airy space with graphic illustrations on the wall and front- window bar stools where customers take in the continuous street theater. Spurred by a sweets-loving couple who never met an exotic taste they didn’t like, Sweet Action Ice Cream began logging loyal followers almost immediately after opening in March in the art-, music- and night-life-friendly Baker neighborhood. “What else could the neighborhood use but an ice cream shop?” asked Sweet Action co-owner Sam Kopicko, who started the business with her boyfriend, Chia Basinger. Their instincts were spot-on. Consider the swarm of people outside of Sweet Action any night of the week, or the dozens of Sweet Action fans who have commented on the store at One of them writes: “Oh why can’t I walk by this place without dragging whomever I am with in for a sample, or, um, like 5?” Perhaps because of the yumminess made fresh every day, primarily with local and organic ingredients. New flavors happen at Sweet Action based simply on