The Millie's Story

IT ALL STARTED WITH A CREDIT CARD AND A PACOJET™.

In 2014, chef Chad Townsend was looking to make a career change, so he purchased a Pacojet™ on a whim – and put it on his wife Lauren’s credit card (oof!).

Fun fact: a Pacojet™ is a professional kitchen appliance that micro-purees deep-frozen foods to a fine texture to produce luxurious ice creams and sorbets.

Another fun fact: Pacojets™ are like really, really, REALLY expensive.

SWEET, SWEET PAYBACK…

Lauren was mostly cool with it but made him a deal: the Pacojet had to be paid off by the end of summer.  Chad got to work and after some buzz, the pair began a delivery service, packing pints & meeting ice cream lovers each weekend.

Lauren finally kicked production out of their home kitchen (there were freezers everywhere!) and together they built Millie’s Ice Cream Works™ in Homestead, Penna., where fresh ingredients are churned into delicious ice cream every day.

Oh yeah, and they’re still happily married. Mostly.  

REAL IS DELICIOUS™

We believe the best things in life are real. No artificial relationships, no
artificial ingredients – just naturally perfect ice cream, proudly hand-crafted from start to finish at Millie’s Ice Cream Works™.

Every batch of ice cream starts with fresh milk from Twin Brook Dairy Co. and is churned with the best, in-season ingredients we can find.

Our dairy-free gelatos are made for ice cream lovers. Thick & creamy,
dense & indulgent, without a trace of science-y additives.

This is real food. And Real Is Delicious™. 

OUR FAM IS GROWIN’!

As of 2020, Millie’s has grown to 4 brick & mortar retail locations and 2 food trucks — with more shops in the works!

We opened our Shadyside location in 2016, Market Square in 2017, Pitt (@millies_campus) in 2019, and Lawrenceville in 2020.

In addition, we have two kiosks managed by our partners — one at My Goodness Market in Regent Square and the other at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

The Millie’s Truck Girls handle all of our festival & off-site catering business --> follow them on IG: @millies_truckgirls