Making the world sweeter one Sweet Scoop at a time.
Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Joe and Ramie Hencmann, Sweet Scoops is a labor of love and laughter.
“What should we do with our lives?” we asked after a glass of wine on a cold January night at our home in Denver, Colorado. We had jobs but we wanted to create, to build, to inspire. As parents of young children with full time jobs, we lived the rushed life that so many do and we were ready for a change. That night, we searched “ice cream shops for sale” on the internet and two months later, we had moved our family of four to Sonoma, California where there was a shop that we could transform and build into the only homemade ice cream shop on the Sonoma Plaza. Our vision was fueled by Joe’s passion and knowledge of making ice cream and Ramie’s experience in project and change management. Together, with our family and friends support, we opened the doors to Sweet Scoops on July 3, 2015.
Sweet Scoops mission is to intentionally create joy by crafting a superior homemade ice cream product, serving our customers & community with genuine respect, and building a workplace that encourages positivity, creativity, and hard work.
I have been making ice cream since 1993 as my first job. I was at a locally owned ice cream shop in Denver, CO called Bonnie Brae Ice Cream. I worked for BBIC for about 22 years where we won numerous awards for best ice cream. I learned early that my passion was making delicious creamy ice cream and ensuring a superb customer experience. I continue to challenge myself with new ingredients and new flavor profiles, especially given our rich agricultural location in Sonoma County. Hearing people say they love our ice cream is the best feeling and I feel good knowing that my use of premium ingredients, my creativity, and the fact that it's made fresh and small batch daily ensures that each bite is creamy, high quality ice cream.
I love people, I love building teams, and I love creating joy. My life goals have always been to be authentic and to be happy. Creating and building an ice cream shop with our family means that we create and sell happiness (because, really, ice cream is happiness in a cup or cone) with a focus on the customer experience. I enjoyed my job in the corporate sector planning projects, implementing training and processes, and communicating change so it brings me joy to be able to leverage that experience as we build our brand and business.