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We're thrilled - and humbled - that the Richmond Community loves our ice cream as much as we do! 

VA Foodie, February 12, 2018

Still craving the cold? Gelati Celesti in Richmond, with their line of house favorites (Birthday Cake, Salted Caramel) and rotational options (Peanut Butter Chip, Cherry Almond Amaretto) is always sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their cones and bowls are cheerfully served up from food carts and storefronts, and can be catered for special events (wedding, anyone?).


Increased demand and a banner summer of sales have prompted a local ice cream purveyor to grab a few extra scoops of industrial space in the city. Richmond-based Gelati Celesti is opening a production facility in 9,250 square feet at 1908 N. Hamilton St. – nearly quadruple the size of its existing facility on nearby Dabney Road.


Steve Rosser, who owns the company with his wife Kim, confirmed it has signed a lease for the new building.

“We’re very excited about this next phase of growth for our company,” Rosser said. “Expanding our production facility is going to be key to our plans to grow throughout Richmond and beyond.”


Rosser didn’t disclose how much the company will spend on the expansion, but said it hopes to begin renovations by October and move in by February 2018. “This gives us the space that we need to really keep up with the demand of our company,” he said. “For us, it’s about creating additional opportunities for our employees … and the production facility is an important part of the growth.”


The Gelati Celesti brand first was launched in 1984. The Rossers bought the business in 2010 and have quickly grown with retail locations in Short Pump, Bon Air and the West End. They opened their fourth shop in February at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott’s Addition.The company has nearly 100 employees, including five on the production side. Rosser said it would look to hire two to three people each year through 2020 to keep up with demand.


Richmond BizSense, January 7, 2016

A local ice cream maker is dishing out a new location in Scott’s Addition as a new burger joint fires up a few doors down.


Gelati Celesti announced Wednesday plans to open a new shop in the 2,200-square-foot space at 1400 N. Boulevard. It will be the ice cream brand’s fourth location since launching in Richmond in 1984.

Richmond Mag, January 7, 2016

And looking further ahead, local ice cream outpost Gelati Celesti just locked down a new space for its fourth location, and it's set to open at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott's Addition by the end of summer. "We selected Scott’s Addition as the location for our new store because of its convenience to the Fan, North Side and Malvern area," owner Steve Rosser says in a news release. If that isn't sweet news, we don't know what is. 

Style Weekly, January 6, 2016

Children will scream — actually, most people of any age in the city will probably make a little noise when they hear that Gelati Celesti is coming to 1400 N. Boulevard. Owner Steve Rosser cited the location’s proximity to the Fan District, North Side and Sauer’s Gardens as a deciding factor when choosing the spot for the new store.


"Scott’s Addition is a burgeoning neighborhood and we are thrilled to announce that we have signed a lease,” he said in news release.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 6, 2016

Gelati Celesti Ice Cream is opening a new location this summer at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott's Addtion. 


This will be the local ice cream chain's fourth location.

RVA News, January 6, 2016

Gelati Celesti, a local gourmet gelato business with four area stores, will open its fourth location in Scott’s Addition this summer. The latest store, which will be located across from the Bow Tie Movieland multiplex at 1400 North Boulevard, is the former home of ARC Document Solutions.

WWBT, January 6, 2016

As the winter chill settles in this week, a Richmond ice cream store announced plans to open a fourth location this year.


Gelati Celesti Ice Cream is set to open in Scott’s Addition at 1400 N. Boulevard later in the summer. "We selected Scott’s Addition because of its convenience to the Fan, Northside and Malvern area," said Steve Rosser, owner of Gelati Celesti.

WTVR, January 6, 2016

One of Richmond’s oldest and most popular ice cream chains has confirmed plans to move into the burgeoning Scott’s Addition district, an area quickly being claimed by developers and restaurants as it transitions away from its industrial past.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 8, 2015

How much Chocolate Decadence ice cream does it take to satisfy Gelati Celesti’s Richmond-area customers?


So far in 2015, the ice cream retailer has churned out about 3,000 gallons of the creamy fudge-and-brownie-like flavor, about enough for 98,000 small-cup servings.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 8, 2015

An ice cream retailer, a maker of electric-vehicle charging devices and a company on the front end of the crowdfunding movement were among businesses recognized Wednesday as the Richmond area’s most promising ventures.


Six companies were selected as this year’s “RVA Companies to Watch” by Venture Forum RVA, a group that supports entrepreneurs and startup companies in the Richmond region.
























Richmond BizSense, July 11, 2014

A local ice cream maker is testing Short Pump’s appetite for sweets. Richmond-based Gelati Celesti, which currently dishes out gelato from two locations and a truck, has scooped up space for its third storefront.


Owners Steve and Kim Rosser plan to open at the Corner at Short Pump at West Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive in November.

Richmond Magazine, May 17, 2015

Lovers of ice cream (aka "errybody"), this might be a calendar clearer: On Wednesday, May 13, all three Gelati Celesti locations — Broad Street, Short Pump and Bon Air — will roll out four new flavors. "So what," you say. "They do that all time."


Well, this is different. These flavors are the brainchildren of the local chain's in-house competition, in which employees and the ice cream truck go head to head, and you can only get them for ONE WEEK. A winner will be judged at the Short Pumpl ocation on May 19, at which point the flavors may fade into the ether, forever. 

RVA News, December 2, 2014

The future looks sweet for Steve and Kim Rosser, as they continue to grow Richmond’s 30-year-old ice cream empire Gelati Celesti with new flavors and new locations.


Richmond Magazine, November 19, 2014

Feast your eyes upon Gelati Celesti's new location at Short Pump; then Thursday, when the new shop opens, feast on the independent chain's three new anniversary flavors, celebrating 30 years of handmade frozen treats. Hitting the big three-oh never tasted so sweet.


Tucked into its own corner of The Corner at Short Pump, the new Gelati Celesti sports light fixtures made from vintage milk bottles, walls made from reclaimed Virginia barn wood, and art made from quirky ice cream scoops that greet you on either side as you enter the building. 


Style Weekly, November 18, 2014

Ice cream sneaks up on you. Just a taste becomes two or three spoonfuls, and before you know it, you're looking at the bottom of an empty container that you want to hide in the bottom of the trash can before anyone sees.


Going to an ice-cream store is a different experience. And Gelati Celesti in the West End has honed the way people enjoy the frozen goodness for 30 years. "I always tell people," owner Steve Rosser says, "ice cream is not a food — it's a treat."

Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 17, 2014

Gelati Celesti opened its first homemade Italian ice cream shop 30 years ago. Now the company plans to open its third store Thursday.


The 1,275-square-foot ice cream shop will be in The Corner at Short Pump at Lauderdale Drive and West Broad Street in Henrico County. It will be next to Zoe’s Kitchen in the same center with Kroger and the Olive Garden.

Virginia Business, November 10, 2014

Gelati Celesti, a local ice cream company, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the opening of a third location at The Corner at Short Pump in Henrico County.

The new store at 11805 W. Broad St. will open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 20. Company officials will be serving handmade ice cream along with a toast during a private party at the new location on Nov. 19. 

Richmond BizSense, May 29, 2013

A West End ice cream maker is hitting the road.


Gelati Celesti started operating an ice cream truck last week. Owner Steve Rosser said the truck will make regular appearances at summer festivals, office parks and food truck courts.

After serving sweet treats in the West End for 28 years, a local ice cream shop is finally crossing the James River and adding a second location.


Gelati Celesti is expanding to the Stony Point Shopping Center in April.

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