Jeff Sommers and Lara Hammel


Izzy’s Ice Cream




Watch out, Ben & Jerry’s—Izzy’s is coming for you. After 19 years as a local favorite, with a shop on each side of the river and statewide distribution to restaurants and about 100 grocery stores, husband-and-wife founders Jeff Sommers and Lara Hammel are ready to bring their premium ice cream to the rest of the country. In May, they stepped up production with the help of a contract manufacturer. Now, they’re in talks with grocery chains in Chicago. “Our vision is to compete directly with Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s,” Sommers says. “We’re just trying to make better ice cream.”