Sugarwitch will soon offer innovative ice cream sandwiches in St. Louis’ Botanical Heights neighborhood

A new ice cream pop-up with a unique twist is opening July 3 in Botanical Heights. Sugarwitch is a queer-owned business that will sell rotating flavors of ice cream sandwiches out of a vintage Airstream on the patio of Olio at 1634 Tower Grove Ave. 


Owned by duo Sophie Mendelson and Martha Bass, Sugarwitch started in 2019 in Columbia, Missouri, while the two were in graduate school. When Bass got a job in St. Louis, they decided to bring the business with them. “We didn’t want to let Sugarwitch go just because we were changing locations, and we love the food scene here as well,” said Mendelson.


co-owners sophie mendelson and martha bass // photo courtesy of sugarwitch

Sugarwitch pays homage to pop culture “witches,” such as Tonks from the Harry Potter series and more. “We love the funny, literary twist that it invited,” Mendelson said.


The menu features a variety of locally sourced ingredients, and all items are made from scratch. “We churn the ice cream ourselves with Rolling Lawns Farm ice cream base,” she said.


Sandwiches on offer include The Little Mermaid-inspired Ursula, which is a salted brownie with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles. “We named that one Ursula because she is one of our favorite witches, and she is inherently queer,” said Mendelson. “Whenever we can, we choose witches who are part of our community.” There is also a sandwich inspired by Tara from True Blood, which is a chocolate chip blondie with miso-brown sugar ice cream. Sugarwitch also has some vegan and gluten-free options. 


The pop-up will be open every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. beginning July 3.