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Jeff Sommers

Jeff Sommers is the co-owner of Izzy's Ice Cream with wife and business partner, Lara Hammel. A graduate from Hamline University with an MFA from University of Michigan, Jeff also taught in Minneapolis Public Schools for nine years. The two decided to open an ice cream shop in 2000 and settled into the St. Paul location at 2034 Marshall Ave, which remained the only shop until July 29, 2013, when the Minneapolis store opened its doors to the public as well. Jeff takes an innovative approach to running the company and seeks out new technologies for all areas of the business including using RFID to notify customers of current flavors, creating green alternatives to transporting ice cream and implementing an entirely non-toxic sanitizing program for the company.