Meet Mohamad Omais of Safina Ice Cream

tell us about your products. where they are made. who makes them. favorite product features.

We produce our product at River Forest shared kitchen. My co-founder and I personally make every single pint to ensure optimum quality. Safina is a modern revitalization of Booza, the traditional Middle Eastern ice cream. We use authentic ingredients to create exotic flavors defined by their strechier texture and bold creamy body while simultaneously remaining incredibly healthy.

tell us about your connection to chicago. your neighborhood.

We work out of Logan Square and have been residents of Chicago for a few years. We absolutely love this city with its architectural charm and vibrant international cuisines.

what do you love about your business, your industry.

Booza is a treat we grew up eating as kids in the Middle East. We love ice cream because it evokes a sense of nostalgia and happiness. The food & beverage community is full of passion and willingness to support each other.

tell us about your design inspiration - space, smells, colors, textures.

Our design was inspired by the geometric patterns throughout Middle Eastern architecture. The colors are vibrant and reflect the rich history and beauty of our product. Each flavor has an exotic yet authentic taste and is characterized by its unique creamy texture. Safina creates an experience that goes beyond the culinary confines of the product, but delves deeper into the stories, arts and traditions of a fascination region.

what advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?

Starting a business is mostly about creatively solving problems. Believe in your vision and be tenacious.

share a favorite quote, a mantra.

Ice cream is more than just a treat, it's an experience.

what's the most common question you get about your business?

What makes Booza unique? (The ingredients Sahlab and Mastic which lead to the signature nature of the ice cream)

name 3 local makers/brands that inspire you and why.

RXBAR for their simplicity. Farmers Fridge for offering convenience. Goose Island for their impact on the community.

Where can we find Safina ice cream?

You can visit our website and order online. We deliver throughout Chicago for a low fee and across the US. You can also find us at the following select retail locations: Devon Market, South Loop Market - Lakeview, Green Grocer, Sahar International Market.

Connect with Safina Ice Cream

@thesafinaexperience on Instagram

@safinaicecream on Facebook

Jessica Cohen