Thursday, December 5, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 40

Santa Maria Sun / Eats

Santa Maria couple's new frozen treat shop has options for every dessert lover


For Santa Maria-based couple Natalie and Victor Bryson, ice cream has always been a shared love in their relationship.

“My husband loves ice cream; I love ice cream. Our first date we actually ate ice cream and talked about ice cream,” Natalie told the Sun.

So when the Brysons were thrift shopping one day, they spotted something they understandably couldn’t leave without.

“We found a little [ice cream] machine for $2,” Natalie said. “We would just make flavors and have fun … . We took [the ice cream] to family events, friends’ events, and everybody was like, ‘Whoa, where’d you get that?’”

Get the scoop
Creme de la Ice Cream is open Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. The shop is located at 1102 East Clark Ave., No. 110, Santa Maria. Visit for more info.

Creme de la Ice Cream was founded as an online catering business in 2018. Now, owners Natalie and Victor Bryson have opened a new storefront in Santa Maria.

After enough positive feedback over their homemade sugary treat, the Brysons decided to open an online ice cream business last year called Creme de la Ice Cream. They built their business around catering and found themselves getting booked at everything from kids’ birthday parties to weddings. 

Now, the Brysons have decided to take their business to the next level with a storefront in Santa Maria. Creme de la Ice Cream celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 25. 

“We decided to do a brick-and-mortar because every time we would cater, everyone asked, ‘Where are you located? Where can we find more?’” Natalie said. “We were just doing it from our house, so … . This opportunity arose so we decided to take the brick-and-mortar. Now we can have more establishment here.”

As Santa Maria locals—with Victor having grown up in Santa Maria—they take pride in sourcing local ingredients for their ice cream whenever they can.

“Santa Maria’s known for strawberries, and our strawberry ice cream is made with that,” Natalie said. “A lot of people say it’s the best strawberry ice cream they’ve had.”

The new store, located in a historic building, has a newly renovated interior that screams all things ice cream.

In addition to its ice cream offerings, Creme de la Ice Cream also serves frozen yogurt and soft serve.

“Nobody really has [both] ice cream and yogurt on the Central Coast. A lot of things that we want to introduce, nobody’s doing them, so that’s another reason,” Natalie said of why she and Victor decided to open the shop.

The store also gets creative with how it serves its house-made product. They’ve got milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, floats, ice cream sandwiches, and more. They even have options for furry friends: yogurt-covered dog treats and dog ice cream. 

“Creme de la Ice Cream is trying to do an ice cream wonderland where you can come and you can create whatever you want,” Natalie said. “There’s a lot of people that are dairy free or sugar free or can’t have nuts. We found out that they don’t indulge in ice cream anymore because of all these things … . You can still have that guilty pleasure and not be affected after. We have options.”

Some of Creme de la Ice Cream’s most popular flavors include originals like Cookie Monster and Coco Loco.

“People are constantly asking for Cookie Monster. It’s blue, so already it’s eye-catching. Then in it we have cookie dough bites, we have Oreos. We have chocolate chips. It’s just based off the character,” Natalie said of the kid-friendly concoction. “We also are famous for our Coco Loco [flavor], which has coconut flakes, chocolate ganache, and almonds.”

Two young customers enjoy their sweet treats near the shop’s ice cream mural.

Now that they have their storefront established, Natalie said she and her husband are excited to give back to the community that has supported their business journey.

“Across the street is Giovanni’s Pizza, and they have an athlete of the month. We sponsor the winner, so whoever it is, they come in and get a free ice cream or yogurt of their choice,” Natalie explained. “Also for all the schools, they have a student of the month, so they also can get a free ice cream or yogurt.”

Natalie said Creme de la Ice Cream’s ultimate goal is to create an experience that caters to every kind of ice cream lover: “If we don’t have it, you can create it.” 

Arts Writer Malea Martin is eating ice cream … and froyo and soft serve. Send Eats story tips to

Nibbles & Bites

As 2019 comes to a close, publications across the state and nation are releasing their lists of the best of everything, from music to movies to beverages. Locally that means it’s time for us Central Coast residents to raise a glass to a couple of Santa Barbara County wineries that made Wine Enthusiast magazine’s best-of-the-best list: the Enthusiast 100 of 2019. Holus Bolus’ 2017 Presqu’ile Vineyard Syrah from the Santa Maria Valley ranked as the magazine’s No. 21 pick of the year. The syrah was lauded because it “raises the elegance factor like few others. Snappy raspberry, crumbled hibiscus, and white pepper aromas are pinpointed and lean on the nose. ... Endless sensory fascination.” Holus Bolus, founded in 2003, opened a tasting room in Los Olivos at the end of this past September. Check it out at 2905 Grand Ave., or visit for more info. But wait, there’s more! The Margerum 2018 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc, from Happy Canyon, is ranked as No. 60 on the Enthusiast 100. This white wine is noted for its “crisp pear flesh, lemon rind, and white flowers” on the nose and “citrus and Asian pear flavors.” Margerum has been around since 2001, producing wine from its estate vineyard as well as other Santa Barbara County vineyards. Visit its winery tasting room in Buellton at 59 Industrial Way, or learn more at 

Associate Editor Andrea Rooks is ready to imbibe for the holidays. Send tidbits to

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