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For this former Ethiopian refugee, ice cream is more than dessert

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Yeshi Gebremeskel poses for a photo at Walia Creamery on Syracuse Street in Denver on Monday, March 13, 2023. Originally from Ethiopia, she opened the ice cream shop in 2019 with her sister.

Growing up in Ethiopia, Yeshi Gebremeskel was surrounded by fresh foods, and she enjoyed the company of the many kids in her family. Then she had to flee civil war. Decades later, she sees Walia Creamery as a place of safety and community for young people. We visit her ice cream parlor in east Denver during Black Restaurant Week.