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Jul 12, 2009 04:02 PM

Sketch Ice Cream is Closing [Berkeley]

Sketch is closing. There will be no place in the SF bay area to get real organic ice cream. and his competitors either have hardly any fruit ice cream to offer or have fillers. What a sad day in the world of real organic food. Oh I wish he would stay open. Maybe we can change his mind. Otherwise eat as much Sketch ice cream as you can in the next week or forever hold your piece. Take your children there so they know what real ice cream tastes like. Because they may never again be able to taste what real is.

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  1. I for one can't say I'm sorry. I've tried it a few times and my reaction was the same each time..."Just OK, not great...I paid that much for this?" It can't hold a candle to my new loves Ici and Tara's across town.

    And eating as much Sketch as you can in a week might require taking out a loan....

    1. Sketch was always my favorite! I've been going since they opened. I was never a fan of Ici but I do like Tara's.

      Eric and Ruthie's sweets and baked goods were always great. I wish them the best - and to their growing family!

      1. Tara's and Ici's both use egg yolk in their ice cream. Sketch only uses milk. So it has less fat and cholesterol.

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          1. re: rightstar

            Rightstar, "real ice cream" tends to have egg yolk and cream. Sketch is "real" ice milk, no matter how much you love it. Ici may have its inconsistencies, but they've been making the most of the spring and summer's fruit options. In the last month Ici has had apricot ice cream, nectarine sorbet, boysenberry ice cream, blueberry ice milk, pluot sherbet, strawberry-rhubarb-rose ice cream, etc. etc. Most (with the weird exception of the apricot) have exploded with fruit flavor.

          2. If you love the product, fine, but don't make untrue claims like it being the only real organic cream in the Bay Area. Especially since, as pointed out, it isn't "real ice cream" at all.

            1. Poor Morton the Mousse. He'll be as heart-broken about this as I was with Lola's closing. That is really a shame. I loved their baked goods and thought they were doing something different. Not being a fan of the icky to me ICI, I'll miss them. I hate this damn economy.

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              1. re: rworange

                I don't see any indication that this has anything to do with the economy (which, to be sure, no one is happy about). There's nothing about the store closing on their website, but there is stuff about how they're having a baby -- maybe they just decided it was too much work. There's also no indication on the website that, as of a week ago, they were planning on closing. For all we know, this whole thread is an unsubstantiated rumor.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  From their blog
                  "As many of you well know, were expecting our first baby in about 4 weeks. Its a very exciting time in our lives and it brings us bittersweet news to let you know that Sunday, July 26th will be our last day on Fourth Street as a retail location. Its been a great 5 years getting to know many of you (many by name, some by facial recognition, some by their consistent ordering patterns,etc. ) and seeing many of your children grow from the womb on up to being able to see over the counter :P

                  Sketch was our "first baby" and all the heart, love, soul and energy we put into that we'd like to re-focus and give to our child. Family always comes first with us! Sketch isn't's just taking a lil break from the retail aspect. We look forward to serving you our goodies (candies, pastries, sauces/fixins, ice cream cakes and other custom orders) via online!!

                  From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for your patronage and support!

                  Eric & Ruthie"

                  1. re: jsaimd

                    I'm really glad to hear that they're going to keep doing some of the business via custom order, their baked goods and toppings are fantastic, and I'd love to order one of their ice cream cakes one day.