August just got a little cooler with the recent opening of FROST, A Gelato Shoppe, at the Biltmore Fashion Park located at 2052 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 136.

Alex Strojnik, 3, impatiently waits as Rowena Woelfle (left) scoops his apple pie gelato into a small cup while Alex’s big sister, Natalia, 5—who went for cookies and cream—and grandma Tanya Strojnik keep him company (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Alex Strojnik, 3, impatiently waits as Rowena Woelfle (left) scoops his apple pie gelato into a small cup while Alex’s big sister, Natalia, 5, and grandma Tanya Strojnik keep him company (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

The store was opened in June by Doug Woelfle and his wife, Rowena. They have another Frost location in SanTan Village, which they opened three years ago with the help of their daughter, Kristin. The family was attracted to the Biltmore area because of the great restaurants, outdoor seating and proximity to several established neighborhoods. “We love how we have been welcomed into the community,” Doug says.

The gelato is made fresh daily in the store using ingredients imported from Italy (except milk and sugar), on equipment also imported from Italy. Choose from among more than 70 rotating flavors, artfully displayed in stainless steel and glass cases, in the Italian tradition of culinary décor. There is also a good selection of sorbets, for those looking for a less caloric cool snack or for dairy-free. Gluten-free cones also are available.

For more information, call 602-955-3767 or visit

You can also try these other local hot spots for cool treats:

Mary Coyle Ice Cream
5521 N. 7th Ave.
Enjoy freshly made Peach Ice Cream all month long at this longtime Valley favorite for cool treats. Waffle cones are homemade as well.

5223 N. Central Ave.
Churn knows that the tastiest and best-quality ice creams are made with those same simple, fresh ingredients from years past. You won’t discover anything you can’t pronounce or scary chemical additives, preservatives or stabilizers in our confections. They’re all natural and made on site with love. Enjoy scoops, cones, sundaes, shakes, floats and more.

Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream
6054 N. 16th St.
Choose from 20 ice cream flavors, including “I Love Bacon,” and six sorbets. You can also turn that ice cream into a sundae, milkshake or an ice cream sandwich with two homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Twirl Frozen Yogurt
4700 N. Central Ave.

Select from 10 flavors of yogurt and dozens of toppings here, but if you have a friend who needs an alternative to dairy, try the Pink Lemonade Sorbet. It’s the feature for the hot summer days.

2045 E. Camelback Road, Suite A16A
Lots of choices here for toppings but you can also get nonfat, lowfat and gluten-free flavors. Sorbet is also on the menu and flavors are changing all the time so check in to see what will be on the menu in August.

Zoyo Yogurt
1139 E. Glendale Ave.
Need a little Yogurt Happy Hour? Go to Zoyo after 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, dressed in your pajamas, and get your yogurt for half-price. Or, you can bike to Zoyo on Mondays after 5 p.m. and get 25-percent off your yogurt. Cake Batter yogurt is one of the best sellers.

Baskin Robbins
8841 N. 19th Ave.
Long known for 31 Flavors, this location actually boasts 48 flavors. And in case you didn’t know, for every month ending in 31, customers pay just $1.31 a scoop on the 31st day of the month. The regular price is $2.49 a scoop so that’s a sweet deal for a family. Popular flavors include 3 PT Chocolate Almond, people can’t seem to get enough.

Gelato Spot
3164 E. Camelback Road
The second-annual Gelato Wars are being held all month long at all three locations. Ten Valley chefs are contributing unique flavors, including Sweet Corn with Truffle Honey, Molé, Blueberry Buttermilk Pie, and Smoked Banana Pudding. The chefs will vie for the custom-molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash and a $5,000 check to Make-A-Wish, presented on the winning chef’s behalf. Each purchase represents one vote for the gelato of your choice.

Grateful Spoon Gelato
(Inside La Grande Orange)
4410 N. 40th St.
Buy it by the ounce or the pint. If you stop in between 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can get your gelato at half-price.


  • Patty Talahongva

    Patty Talahongva is a Hopi journalist, documentary producer, and news executive. She was the first Native American anchor of a national news program in the United States and is involved in Native American youth and community development projects.

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