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Life & Work with SueEllen Mancini

Today we’d like to introduce you to SueEllen Mancini.

SueEllen, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve been working on perfecting my ice cream recipes for about seven years now. I have always wanted to start an ice cream company. I always felt like I wanted to start a company with the intention of giving back in some way that helps the community and brings the community together. I love being involved in my community, whether it’s putting together events, supporting other small businesses or connecting with people. After last year, it really hit close to home to see so many people struggling with their mental health because of the pandemic. It has been such a traumatic event for all of us. Whether you were grieving, feeling a deep sense of loneliness, or a collective rollercoaster of emotions. I thought that what I could offer people was not only my ice cream but also my personal experience with struggling with my mental health. I’ve been dealing with my bi-polar disorder since I was 14 but didn’t get diagnosed till I was 26. It’s definitively been a journey of working on myself and understanding the many hurdles there are in bettering your mental health. So I thought if I could be as vulnerable as possible on my page and open up about many different subjects relating to mental health awareness that in this time, it could possibly make people feel less alone. I figured pairing the comforting feeling of sitting on your couch eating ice cream while you’re sad and reading about how we can help that sadness would hopefully make someone feel better.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has been rough to say the least. I’ve made strong connections with people thankfully and created a support system for myself. I think like any small business owner of course, it’s hard to overcome the feeling of doubt. It’s scary to put yourself out there and see how the public receives you. For me also it’s been hard navigating how I’m going to possibly be able to afford how to start a small business just because I don’t come from a financially stable background. It definitely has made the journey longer.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I’m originally from Houston, Texas and I came to Los Angeles with intention of starting my brand. I chose Los Angeles because I immediately fell in love with the strong representation of the Latinx community. I’m a first-generation Latinx. My parents are from Uruguay and Chile. The Latinx community here supports itself in a way I’ve never seen before. They give shout-outs to each other like crazy, get to know one another and really lift each other up. Since I’ve started doing Sad Girl Creamery, I was almost immediately embraced by the community here and it’s been a real blessing. What I like the least about the city is how the houseless are treated and pretty much almost forgotten. I wish the people in power would do a better job of helping provide real resources for them and shelter. It’s really heartbreaking.


  • Pints $12
  • Half pints $6
  • Ice cream bars $6

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