The Lower Haight's modest Three Twins opened to medium fanfare about eight months ago, but the buzz around town has been steadily growing for the organic ice cream shop.
It was the third location for Three Twins, which also has outposts in San Rafael and Napa, but now the Marin-based ice cream maker is ready to go big. And quickly. Opening in March is a shiny new factory in Petaluma that will increase the local mini-chain's ice cream production from its current 30,000 gallons a year to 300,000 immediately, and all the way up to a cool one million gallons eventually. Those are, of course, grown-up numbers.
The new Petaluma factory and increased output sets the stage for a nationwide expansion for the retail side of Three Twins, with the organic/green company looking to crash the ice cream aisle and become part of the American freezer case with the likes of Ben & Jerry's, Haagen-Dazs and Dreyer's. All the nationwide talk also means that there's a very real possibility that Three Twins will begin to franchise new stores.