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Urban Churn, a microcreamery, opening next week in Harrisburg

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Movies, beer and ice cream — not a bad deal for Harrisburg residents.

The latter will open July 26 at the Midtown Cinema on Reily Street. Adam Brackbill, owner of Urban Churn, announced a 7 p.m. launch party for his microcreamery.

Urban Churn, which traditionally churns its ice cream in small batches, is one of two businesses joining the movie theater. Alter Ego Brewing Co., an artisanal, small-batch brewery, is planning a brewhouse for the rear of the building, which is owned by Middletown-based Lift Development LLC.

“You can’t find churns in heavy production like Urban Churn,” Brackbill said of his business, which can make almost any flavor and welcomes customer requests. “We believe in caring for small batches so attention is made to each individually, which results in better flavor and personal touch. We aren’t afraid to experiment and want to make ice cream less boring.”

Urban Churn customers will be able to buy ice cream at the Reily Street location or online after July 26, he said. The latter will have more than 10 ingredients where customers can mix and match flavors, he said. Or custom flavors for events can be requested.

“I anticipate many locations, starting in the city of Harrisburg and stretching out,” Brackbill said, adding that he’s had interest from West Shore restaurants. “Once we open and get our feet wet, we’ll be increasing production and supplying more vendors.”

The goal is to fit the style of these restaurants, cafes or even bars, he said. That could mean beer ice cream or black sesame if it’s a sushi restaurant.

Selling outside Central Pennsylvania is also part of the plan.

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