Three Twins Organic Ice Cream
Don’t let the name fool you—Three Twins Organic Ice Cream started as a one-man band. When Neal Gottlieb opened his shop in San Rafael, Calif., he did everything himself. He sold just $365 of ice cream his first day, Aug. 27, 2005. Three Twins is up to 25 employees now at two locations and expects to generate at least $750,000 in revenue this year, double 2007’s sales. Gottlieb, a 31-year-old Cornell University graduate, got into the organic ice cream business after stints in finance and the Peace Corps in Morocco. He started Three Twins—Gottlieb used to live with his twin brother and the brother’s fiance[need accent mark on first e]e, who was also a twin, hence the store’s name—with $70,000 of his own and has since raised $1 million from folks in the organic food biz to open a factory to make ice cream for retailers such as Whole Foods. Gottlieb’s California outlets stock more than a dozen flavors, and he has a notebook with more than 100 more he wants to try. One is organic rocky road. The hitch: He hasn't been able to find a source of certified organic marshmallows.
—Albert Sun (posted on December 23, 2008)