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Spreading the Love of Ice Cream with Sweet Action

While there are many ice cream shops around Denver, none can hold a candle to Sweet Action.

Located on South Broadway, Chia Basingerand Sam Kopicko opened Sweet Action’s storefront in 2009 offering handmade ice cream using only local Colorado dairy and seasonal ingredients that inspire their out-of-the-box flavors. Living in New York City, Chia and Sam cherished the warm summer night trips to the local gelato shop. But when they relocated to the Baker neighborhood of Denver, they no longer had access to a neighborhood creamery.

Working jobs that were seemingly unappealing and making ice cream at home, Chia and Sam were determined to bring an ice cream shop to their community. Despite encountering struggles with the economic recession, Chia and Sam found an ideal location to open Sweet Action and received initial financing from Colorado Enterprise Fund, who believed in Chia and Sam’s dream from the start.

As the business grew, Sweet Action developed a reputation of making incredibly delicious non-traditional ice cream flavors, setting them apart from other Colorado ice cream shops. Their signature flavor is salted butterscotch (which has been on their menu since they opened), but guests also enjoy more wild flavors like cucumber wasabi, peppermint bark, hot buttered rum, and vegan caramel carrot cake among many others.

Not far from their storefront, Sweet Action has opened a production facility to keep up with the growing demand from wholesalers and direct to online customer sales. Looking to scale the business and eventually distribute nationally, Chia and Sam worked with Craig Byers at JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA and Colorado Lending Source to secure a SBA 504 loan.

The funds from this program were used to purchase and renovate commercial real estate plus additional equipment and has already resulted in over $100,000 in new business.

Now ice cream lovers can purchase their pints at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers around Colorado, getting more Sweet Action than ever before!

Chia's Words of Wisdom:
"The main inspiration for starting my own business is the message that punk rock sends, which is to do your own thing. It doesn't matter what people think about you. You just need to do what you are passionate about."