Jenny Piper (owner and ice cream queen),
with her son, Glancy (the shop mascot and
heir to the Pied Piper Empire)!
Who we are...
one half block off Woodland Street in the heart of East Nashville's Five Points
Piper Creamery is a wonderful stop for kids of all ages. While the original house-made flavors and "punny"
names get people talking, it's the friendliness of the staff that keeps folks coming back. Be careful, we're
likely to make you family! Come by for some Trailer Trash and sit on the big front porch
for people-watching, or bring the family for board games.
Our humble beginnings:
In 1995, owner Jenny Piper took a part time job scooping at a certain ice cream chain where she realized that ice cream
really is good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. After college graduation, Jenny went on to a lucrative career
in youth ministry, where she honed her people skills by hanging out with seventh graders. In 1998, Jenny moved
to East Nashville and commenced to whining that there was no ice cream shop in her otherwise
perfect neighborhood. After eight productive years of moaning and crying, Jenny decided she might as well do it
herself, and plans were made to open a neighborhood scoop shop. After attending Frozen Dessert University in Winston
Salem, North Carolina in September 2006, Jenny armed herself with a couple of ice cream makers and spent the winter developing recipes and readying the store.
four amazing flavors and fifteen gallons of paint later, Pied Piper Creamery was ready for a soft opening. On February
24, 2007, the doors opened to an eager and ever supportive neighborhood. More than 300 people visited the very
first day, including a young punk calling himself Michael Danger Hill, who'd show up regularly unannounced that first
summer. Even with the weekly hinderance of Mikie Danger, there was still a distinct void. It didn't take long for us to
figure out that the only thing missing
was a mascot. Nine months later, Glancy
Piper was born, and the Pipers never looked back.
As a matter of fact, in late 2008 the Pied Piper mini-empire
added Pied Piper Eatery, owned by sister Becky Piper. Located at the corner of Riverside Drive and Porter Road, this family-friendly
diner offers great American fare to East Nashville and beyond!
In 2010, the Pipers opened a second Pied Piper Creamery
in Berry Hill. Jenny will tell you that her recently retired dad just needed something to do, but the real reason is
that we love our customers, and we just wanted to meet more.
At this writing, Pied Piper Creamery has produced
more than 250 flavors, sold more than 45,000 gallons of ice cream, had visitors from more than 22 countries (that we
know of), and made at least a gazillion friends. We have appeared in the Nashville Scene,
the Tennessean, the City Paper, the Chicago Tribune, Her Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles,
on many many food blogs and websites, and featured on the "Sweet Peanut" episode of The Cooking Channel's "Unique
Sweets." We were recently voted Best Ice Cream in Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville
Reader's Poll and were featured in the August 2009 issue of Food and Wine magazine.