At first, it was more about an idea and an atmosphere than it was about gelato, but the premium Italian frozen dessert made its way to center stage at Blue Spruce.
Colby and Kristen Bennett opened Blue Spruce in 2013 to pair a “chill, Colorado-y, relaxed atmosphere” with edible offerings like coffee, pastries and sandwiches, Colby said.
“Gelato became one of the key products we wanted to incorporate,” he said. “It fit well with the atmosphere we wanted.”
The Bennetts love downtown Stillwater, and thought it was a perfect environment to bring their concept to fruition, Colby said; it helps that Kristen is a local.
“There’s not many places like this, and we thought this would fill a need,” he said.
Blue Spruce started out in the Lakeview Pointe shopping center on Perkins Road, where they served sandwiches, coffee, pastries and gelato, and hosted live music events. As the vision evolved over the years, Blue Spruce focused more on gelato and coffee, Colby said.
Gelato is similar to ice cream, Colby said, with two distinctions.
“True gelato is made with more milk and less cream (than ice cream),” he said. “Also, the churning process is slower so there’s less air in the product. It’s very dense.”
The business moved downtown to the corner of 8th and Main, where they serve a variety of gelato flavors from watermelon to cold brew coffee, offer hot and cold coffee beverages, and roast their own line of coffee beans, Native Stag.
When 1907 Meat Co. opened in 2016, a partnership occurred naturally between the two businesses. 1907 Meat Co. carries several flavors of Blue Spruce gelato.
“I love all things local and sustainably sourced,” Colby said. “As I learned more about 1907, I realized how like-minded we were. It was an easy connection to make. I’ve really enjoyed and been refreshed by the fact that 1907 cares so much about ‘local’.”
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