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Franchise Deep Dive: Tipsy Scoop Franchise Costs, Fees, Profit and Data

Despite its recent introduction to the franchising space, Tipsy Scoop, the alcohol-infused ice cream parlor, has positioned itself well for exponential growth.

By Jeff DwyerStaff Writer
Updated 9:09AM 08/08/23

LAST UPDATED: August 1, 2023
NUMBER OF LOCATIONS: 6 (open and in development)
REPORTED COST TO GET IN: $217,291 to $284,353

Tipsy Scoop is a franchise brand known for its alcohol-infused ice cream and sorbet. The brand creates artisanal ice cream flavors with various alcoholic beverages incorporated into the recipes. Tipsy Scoop was founded in 2014 by Melissa Tavss, who comes from a family lineage deeply rooted in the world of ice cream. In 1870, Tavss’ ancestors brought over gelato from Italy to Scotland.  

Inspired by her experience in marketing and her passion for ice cream, Tavss first started making boozy ice cream in 2012. By 2014, she was catering events all over New York City. The demand for her product began to skyrocket, and Tipsy Scoop products were soon made available in grocery stores nationwide.

Tipsy Scoop’s first “Barlour” (bar and parlour) opened its doors in Manhattan in 2017. With the success of this location, a second was opened in Brooklyn. By 2022, Tavss saw the potential with Tipsy Scoop and is now officially offering franchise opportunities.

How Many Tipsy Scoop Locations Are There?

As of August 2023, there are three open Tipsy Scoop locations in New York and another three in development. The New York franchise currently has open locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Beach. The brand is also in the process of developing new units in Portland, Oregon; Phoenix, Arizona; and Washington D.C.

While the brand is targeting metropolitan areas for growth, Tipsy Scoop caps the number of franchises it opens per year to ensure they’re providing the highest quality products and service.

What Is Tipsy Scoop’s Business Model?

Tipsy Scoop’s business model revolves around offering memorable and artisanal products that fuse alcoholic beverages with ice cream flavors, catering to a wide range of customers. The brand maintains a strong retail and e-commerce presence, selling its premium products both online and in select stores, bars and restaurants. The appeal extends to all demographics, as Tipsy Scoop also offers non-alcoholic ice cream options.

Tipsy Scoop also embraces collaborations with other brands, such as Margaritaville, enabling franchise owners to partner with local establishments to expand their reach, increase brand awareness and generate additional revenue streams.

“We are the go-to for sweet lovers looking for a unique dessert, cocktail or gift for any adult celebration,” writes Tipsy Scoop.

For interested parties, Tipsy Scoop is seeking franchisees who are passionate about the brand. Prior food or culinary experience is not required as Tipsy Scoop provides its new owners with all the training required to run their own Barlour.

How Much Can Tipsy Scoop Franchise Owners Make?

Tipsy Scoop does not have a publicly available Item 19. To learn more, contact the team about reading the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which will state the total earnings of any company or franchise-owned unit as a reference.

How Much Does It Cost to Open a Tipsy Scoop?

The total investment to open a Tipsy Scoop franchise can range from $217,291 to $284,353. Franchise owners are also required to pay ongoing royalty fees of 5.5% of gross sales and 1% of gross sales for the brand development fund.

What Is the Franchise Fee for Tipsy Scoop?

The initial franchise fee is $35K for a single location. For individuals considering opening multiple locations, it’s $65K for two units and $90K for three.

Tipsy Scoop also offers a 10% discount on its initial franchise fee for U.S. military veterans.

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