It's only been about eight weeks since The Baked Bear opened its doors in Scottsdale, prompting ice cream lovers from all over metro Phoenix to flock to the spot for made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. The first Valley location of the California-based ice cream shop has seen long lines from the get-go, which is why it makes so much sense that there are already plans for a second location in the works.
Later this summer, The Baked Bear will open a second metro Phoenix location at 420 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. The dessert spot will be located on the on the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Mill Avenue, and is expected to open in August.
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So, what makes The Baked Bear so great? Well, for starters, diners can build their own ice cream sandwiches from a selection of about a dozen ice cream flavors and more than a dozen flavors of cookies. Cookies, which are made fresh daily, come in classic varieties such as chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, as well some less common options including cookies and cream and funfetti.
And if you're just not feeling a cookie, that's fine, too. The Baked Bear also offers brownies and donuts with the option to mix and match cookies and brownies if you want. You can finish off your creation with any of a number of toppings such as hot caramel, sprinkles, and brownie bits. You can even have your sandwich heated up, if you're into that kind of thing.
The Tempe location will be The Baked Bear's 10th opening since the original San Diego location debuted in 2013. It will be owned and operated by local entrepreneurs and business partners Rob Clark and Anthony Velez.