Save the beloved Mom and Pop Ice Cream Shop!

48563500_159132146489612_r.jpegIf you live in South Pasadena, or anywhere near South Fair Oaks ave, you probably have visited this small, cute ice cream shop before - Cookies & Cream.

For my daughter and I, this shop is our go-to place for ice cream in the summer time. We enjoyed the simple space decorated with artworks by local artist along with a display of stuffed animals on the wall. The shop owner, Cheng Liu, was always kind, generous and inviting to everyone in the neighborhood.

Very recently, on my way to support the Black Lives Matter protest, I saw Cheng walking down the street holding an empty cookie sheet. I walked up to him to chat and learned about the unfortunate news of the store closing. 

Cheng had just finished handing out free cookies to the tireless protesters when I ran into him. He told me that the store had been struggling since the past winter and with the onset of the pandemic and stay-at-home order, he was unable to pay for the very expensive rent. He has used up all of his savings and has run out of options. 

Even in times of need, Cheng continues to support his community by handing out cookies, giving out free ice cream to old customers, especially students and kids. He had a vision for the store - he wants it to be a space for art, community and sweets! 

We can not disappoint Cookies & Cream because our government has disappointed us by not providing adequate support for small business owners. It is our duty to protect/support our neighbors - people who invest in the wellbeing of our community. 

I'm asking for your gracious donation to help keep this store in business. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 


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Kaya Arnoux 
South Pasadena, CA
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