Karma Cream Moves to New Location and Adds to Menu
Karma Cream moved to a new location last week and will now be offering some new additions to its menu.
After eight years spent near campus at 1025 W. University Ave, Karma Cream is now located at 607 W. University Ave., occupying the space that once housed Swift Cycle.
“Moving has been a necessity for the last few years,” said owner Kyle Fick. “It was just too small to sustain our growth in customers and offerings and our lease was up, so it was finally the time to pull the trigger on a new location,” he said.
The cafe’s menu now features kombucha on tap and will be adding a draft beer and nitro cold brew from local brewery First Magnitude later this week.
Fick’s favorite new addition to the menu, margarita lime kombucha from Mother Kombucha, is brewed in St. Pete and currently on tap.
“The reception has far exceeded our expectations, we had a record setting weekend immediately after opening,” he said. “Our offerings are pretty much the same as before, but I think people have responded very positively to the build-out and vibe we’ve created here.”
Karma Cream has become a local favorite for environmentally and socially responsible treats without artificial chemicals and preservatives. Since its conception in 2009, the cafe has aimed to promote an entirely cruelty-free operation.
All vegan and dairy ice cream, coffee and teas are certified organic and all baked goods are made from scratch with exclusively vegan and all-organic ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian sandwiches are also prepared with local, non-GMO and organic ingredients whenever possible.
All fare is served in glassware or in plant-based, compostable to-go supplies. The locally-owned cafe also composts all waste through Gainesville Compost. It is this dedication toward clean, healthy living that the cafe is most proud of, said Fick.
“We’ve made a few tweaks to the menu— most significantly being the kombucha on tap now and the First Magnitude draft and Nitro Cold Brew coming to tap later this week,” said Fick.
Reggae Shack, which once occupied the space next to Karma Cream’s old location, has now gotten its old neighbor back and has noticed a positive impact on business since.
“We’ve always has a great relationship, even before the move,” said owner Omar Oselimo.
For Oselimo, Karma Cream is a fitting addition to have next door again.
“Now you can have dinner at Reggae Shack and enjoy some ice cream next door after,” said Oselimo. “We welcome them as neighbors and I think it will be a mutually beneficial for both of us.”
For Oselimo, who is lactose intolerant, having vegan dessert options next door is also convenient.
“I don’t have to walk far and have been enjoying some delicious ice cream. They’re also getting kombucha, so I’m going to go over and get some kombucha,” he said.
For employee of three years and supervisor Nick Bowden, the move is just the start for the café.
“Thanks to Gainesville being the great place it is and veganism finding its footing, we are busier than ever thinking up newer and bigger ideas,” said Bowden.
“The new store looks unlike anything else in Gainesville and I think it accurately represents the level of quality we try to hold everything to at Karma Cream,” he said.
“I think in a lot of ways we are still only getting started and I hope to see it grow even more,” he said.