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Lula's Sweet Apothecary
Posted by Anonymous on 12/03/2009
I never write reviews, but felt the need to this time. This is less of a review than a clarification. The reviewer who suggested that Stogo is more eco-friendly is misinformed. I am sure Stogo is eco-friendly, but so is Lula's. I have patronized Lula's from the start and have talked a great length with the owners and workers of the shop. They are all vegan and seem to be genuinely concerned about animals and the environment and can answer questions about their philosophy very clearly in a way that leaves little room for doubt about their sincerity or knowledge. From the start, they have used reusable items when you stay in -- including stainless steel straws and spoons. Originally, they used compostable tasting spoons, but now even their tasting spoons are stainless steel -- I've never seen that before! All of their to-go containers are plant-based compostables and always have been. This is of little use if it ends up in a landfill, but from what they say, they actually compost everything they can in the shop (unbleached napkins, peels, food scraps, containers, etc.), as well as recycle. I've also noticed they use unbleached napkins/towels and even their bathroom is stocked with Seventh Generation towels and toilet paper and Dr. Bronner's. I've seen the staff cleaning with eco-friendly cleaners and glass cleaner, as opposed to toxic stuff. I just felt the need to defend them as a patron, because there seems to be false information in one of the reviews.
Posted by Hannah on 12/02/2009
Being a vegan for 25 years, it was a such a pleasure to discover that an all vegan ice cream shoppe has finally come to fruition. The shoppe is conveniently located to many vegetarian restaurants so it is a good finale to a wonderful dinner out. Walking in you immediately notice the cramped but cute nature of the spot. Within seconds of everytime I or my partner has entered the place we are offered samples. While we do enjoy the ice cream, the quality could improve as the texture, flavor profile, consistency is not up to par with the commercial non-dairy ice creams (Purely Decadent, Luna and Larry's, etc.) With that said, the flavors and the shop itself is so unique that I am drawn back.
Posted by harried eater on 11/08/2009
This place doesn't have vegan ice cream as good as Stogo, but it's not bad, and the service is very pleasant, and the owners very nice. Stogo, however, is more ecologically friendly -- everything there is biodegradable . You can't really go wrong, though, at either place.
Posted by Timothy on 10/25/2009
Everything about this place is great. I dont know what I love more the owners or the vegan desserts. Hope this place is around forever.
Posted by Deanna on 09/19/2009
While the establishment is small and cramped, it has a cozy, cute ambiance decorated with 50s style decor. Within seconds of entering the 300 sq. foot space, you will be pleasantly greeted and provided with a generous offer of any sampling of ice cream your heart desires. Being the glutton that I am, I sampled each and every flavor (around 12 of them?) even though I knew right away I wanted the flavor that geniously mixes coffee and "Oreo cookies." This is one of the best ice cream flavors I've ever had, vegan or not. Excited to return to try a vanilla malted shake as I have not been able to indulge in a malted in over 15 years.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/01/2009
I love Lula's! The ice cream is incredible and the atmosphere is lovely. The charming owners are friendly and make everyone feel welcome. I adore the coffee, peanut butter fudge and the soft serve. I am glad there are multiple vegan ice cream parlors in the city, but Lula has the best ice cream in my opinion.
Posted by anonymous on 06/05/2009
I have a hard time saying anything bad about a place that caters to my love of vegan desserts, but I have to be honest that I felt a little let down by my experience here. While I really enjoyed the soft-serve, and my non-veg boyfriend was amazed by the deliciousness of his float, the service was a letdown. After my bf ordered his float, the man and woman behind the counter processed to serve and ring up the three people in line behind him. When they were done, the woman said, "What was it you wanted again?" When he finally got his float, he then had to get their attention again to get a straw. And then again to remind them he'd also paid for candy he'd not received. As for the atmosphere, it was cramped and shabby, with prints of old-timey adds pasted lumpily to blocks of wood and screwed to the wall. The counter opposite the register looks about ready to come off the wall and isn't supported by anything. That said, I'll probably keep going back, because everything was delicious.