An Important Update
October 27th, 2020
Update: Our Logan Circle, The Wharf and Dupont Circle stores are now closed. City Center will close this Winter and Bethesda Row will remain open through the holidays. Our Fairfax and Hirshhorn locations, as well as Mom and Pop Shop, will remain open and have no plans to close.
September 29th, 2020
For the past few weeks, we have been thinking a lot about what the last 16 years has meant to us as a family and the impact this business has had on our lives.
In 2004, we opened a small kitchen in Georgetown with the goal of bringing the amazing gelato from the parlors of Buenos Aires to our home here in Washington, DC.
Since then, our lives have centered around our family business. We have grown so tremendously over these past 16 years with Dolcezza.
We learned the importance of local farming and being guided by the seasons. We became parents of three beautiful little girls. We had family members married from chance encounters in our shops. We hosted dinners at our factory with our chef friends. We officiated weddings and threw concerts. Our little girl’s first job was selling pints with her grandmother at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market.
None of this is unique to Dolcezza — we are all crafting indelible stories in the many ways we interact with each other every day. But that takes nothing away from the overwhelming honor and appreciation we have for everyone who has been a part of our simple Dolcezza dream: our amazing employees, customers, farmers, chefs, makers, neighbors and city. You have made this an unforgettable ride and we only hope we have affected you in the same incredible way you have affected us.
So it is with these beautiful thoughts in mind and the sobering effect that COVID-19 has had on our industry that we are announcing the closing of five of our store locations: Logan Circle, City Center, Wharf, Dupont Circle, and Bethesda. These shops will be closing during the month of October.
Our coffee bar in the lobby of the Hirshhorn, as well as our Fairfax shop and Mom & Pop shop in the Mosaic District, will remain open with no plans to close.
So, now as we move on to a new chapter … just know … DOLCEZZA is not going anywhere .. our shop presence is getting smaller but you’ll still be able to get the gelato and coffee you’ve come to love at our Hirshhorn and Virginia locations. You can find pints of our gelato in all Whole Foods Markets nationwide and in another 1500 grocery stores across the country. You can get pints delivered directly to your door via Goldbelly or look us up locally via Number1sons so you can still enjoy the gelato you know and love at home.
We will miss seeing you at these shops but know that we will keep finding ways to get our gelato – and the Dolcezza spirit – into your freezers and hearts. We hope you will come spend some time with us over the next couple weeks. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE!
Violeta and Robb