In 2009, John Fezzuoglio created Owowcow with
the purpose of supporting local agriculture, serving his local community and creating an ice cream that was real and honest that he could share with his friends and family.
Eleven years later, we work everyday to keep Owowcow true to its roots. We continue to source local & organic cream & milk, fruits and vegetables, cage free eggs and raw honey. As we grow, we pledge not to compromise our ingredients and the trust of our customers. Every year, we work tirelessly to do better than the year before, supporting more farms, removing plastics from our shops, creating more extraordinary flavors and supporting our local communities.
Our team is a beautiful, crazy group of passionate ice cream enthusiasts,
chefs, artists, managers & staff from our local community.
Our shared goal is to surprise and delight our customers every day.
Owner & Founder
Core to John's formation were the streets of Brooklyn's Italian neighborhood, to his fine art training at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. What followed were many years of working in the NYC graphic design field. Fast forward to 2009, Ottsville, Upper Bucks County and the birth of OwowCow. John has come to embrace and cherish all things "design." Bringing ordered relationships out of disparity and isolation. So for him, ice cream making was in essence the designing of flavor relationships on the palette that he brought into existence...and then experiencing the great joy of sharing them.
John's love for pure vanilla will never fade. In his own words, "It's the one flavor that allows the quality of the base ingredients to shine. Then there's butter pecan, pure magical essence of indulgence when butter is added to local organic cream."
What John enjoys most about the Cow is that we are a wildly diverse group of deeply committed, highly talented people that collectively embody authenticity, goodness and selfless collaboration.
Social Media Manager & Administrative Assistant
Vanessa is the newest & brightest part of our cow family. The administrative assistant we never knew we needed but couldn't be more blessed to have on board! Vanessa graduated from Colgate University in 2020 with a double major in Film & Media Studies and English Literature smack in the middle of a pandemic. After school, Vanessa moved back to Pennsylvania and started searching for her dream job (*cough* ice cream). Vanessa is not one to sit on her laurels and spent her time as a kickboxing instructor while she searched. We hear she was a class favorite! She was bit by the travel bug on a cross country road trip and has been wanting to see all of the national parks ever since. When she isn't kicking butt, she can be found in pursuit of a chocolate waffle cone with a helping of Mocha Chip and we don't blame her one bit for it.
Mandy manages our in-house bakery. Much to our delight, she is equally as sweet as all of the sweet treat recipes she has up her sleeves. She came to us in May of 2020 and has been cranking out all the cookies, cakes, biscuits, and every confectionary delight you can think of ever since. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Mandy operated a small home bakery business for two years, before working as a cake decorator for five years. In our bakery Mandy can be found as the driving force behind our homemade, from scratch, and made with love confectionary concoctions. When she isn’t baking away, Mandy loves True Crime, live music, making jewelry, and of course - baking!
Mandy's absolute favorite flavor is Drunken Pineapple Caramel, but she also loves ordering any of the monthly specials.
Mandy is most proud of the authenticity of the cow. "Even though there’s always something new going on, we always stay true to what we stand for as a company.”
Managing Director, Partner
It was a cold, snowy Wednesday in the year 2012. Okay, maybe not. But the day the GM of our dreams joined us seems so long ago, and just like yesterday all the same. Shira began her career in advertising in NYC. From there she shifted gears to the world of organic produce, which would then lead to the natural descent into the world of...you guessed it. Ice cream! Makes sense, right? A true instance where following your heart pays off, and we couldn’t be more thankful for it. When she isn’t the answer to all things Owowcow, you can find her being a super mom to her (& let’s face it, our) beloved Daisy. When she's not working (ha), Shira loves taking adventures with her family, baking cookies, and documenting every moment of sweet sweet Daisy.
Depending on her mood, Shira will always go for a wafer cone with mint chocolate chip, cookies & cream, or I Hate Chocolate.
In her own words, "I love the authenticity of Owowcow. We are what we say we are. I love our family here. I love our product. & I love more than anything that we make people happy!"
Executive Chef & Production Manager
Our beloved Executive Chef & Production Manager comes to us from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America. This led her to positions in the FOH & BOH of restaurants, driven by her immeasurable love of food. Ali is responsible for keeping the ship afloat in our ice cream making facility, and she makes a mean ice cream flavor to boot. Outside of oWowCow HQ you can find Ali cooking & baking up a storm at home (she truly never stops), drawing, reinventing her hairstyles with the brightest and funkiest of colors, and is our resident arm wrestling champ. Along with her high school sweetheart husband, she’s the proud parent of a beautiful bearded dragon, Sol. Ali joined us in March of 2019, and hasn’t looked back since!
Alis' favorite is a small cup of midnight moon & mint chocolate chip on a waffle cone. In her own words "Mint cream is my all time favorite when it comes right out of the batch machine, no chocolate chips required. Amazing!"
Ali loves that the Cow supports the local businesses around us and strives for the best quality in everything we do. Integrity is incredibly important to her.
Mandy is our Bakery Manager. Much to our delight, she is equally as sweet as all of the sweet treat recipes she has up her sleeves. She came to us in May of 2020 and has been cranking out all the cookies, cakes, biscuits, and every confectionary delight you can think of ever since. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Mandy operated a small home bakery business for two years, before working as a cake decorator for five years. In our bakery Mandy can be found as the driving force behind our homemade, from scratch, and made with love confectionary concoctions. When she isn’t baking away, Mandy loves True Crime, live music, making jewelry, and of course - baking!
Mandy's absolute favorite flavor is Drunken Pineapple Caramel, but she also loves ordering any of the monthly specials.
Mandy is most proud of the authenticity of the cow. Even though there’s always something new going on, we always stay true to what we stand for as a company.”
Sam is our Facilities Manager and a longtime employee of the cow. With several years in retail as a coffee extraordinaire and serving up delectable baked goods, she brought her expertise with her and joined our team back in 2015. Whenever any of our employees has a question regarding an ingredient, ask Sam. Need something around the shop fixed, installed, or an expert to help with troubleshooting? Ask Sam. She’s the answer to any & all of our questions, and is the ultimate handy woman. She’s truly a do-it-all kinda gal, and we couldn’t make it happen without her. While at home she enjoys baking cakes, “nerding out” with her husband, building extravagant Lego sets with her son William, and has quite possibly the most stylish wardrobe of funky leggings & hats we’ve ever seen.
Sam loves a scoop each of mocha chip and espresso served over a warm brownie, with a hot caramel drizzle over top, because she's a boss.
In Sam's words, “I have always loved the uniqueness of what we make and how we stay true to fresh and local as much as possible.”
Retail General Manager
Lauren originally came to the cow to take on our OG shop. It takes a special kinda someone to manage the craziness that is Ottsville, and lucky for us, Lauren Bowler is a rock star. Cut to 2022, and she's now overseeing all five of our retail locations. Lauren started her career in the hospitality biz as soon as she was old enough & someone would let her. Back then, it was the ripe age of 13 and as a shy, introverted teen, her experience in restaurants helped her break out of her shell. Now, what she loves more than anything is bonding with people through food. Lauren's earliest memories of her love for food are standing on a stool next to her Italian grandfather watching him stir a massive pot of sauce while he'd sneak her spoonfuls to see if it tasted just right. He was kind of scary otherwise, so the smile on his face when his grandkids showed interest in food and asked for a second plate of spaghetti is one she'd never forget. When she’s not at the shop, Lauren enjoys collecting cookbooks, early morning hikes, cold weather camping, lifting (seriously, she can take any one of us), and her (and our) best doggo friend, George.
Per Lauren, "Do not sleep on the simple perfection of our Salted Caramel Pop."
Nothing beats when you can turn around someone's otherwise bad day and they leave with a delicious homemade treat and a smile. Ice cream heals all!
Head Pasteurizer & Ice Cream Pop Maker
Victoria Field came to us all the way from Avon, New York. After befriending our Executive Chef, Ali, at the Culinary Institute of America, Ali brought her along to the Cow so she could fulfill all of our Pop fantasies as Head Pasteurizer and Ice Cream Pop Maker. She is quick and quiet and will sneak up on you with the most delicious pop ideas. The mastermind behind the blueberry lemon fizz pop and the chocolate caramel crunch pop, her head is always swimming with the next best novelty.
When she isn't being a powerhouse at our production facility, she is found hanging out with her two cats, Maggie and Beth. She loves baking, cooking, and reading independently published literature. She likes to keep her options open, so her favorite flavor is anything that is fresh out of the batching machine. Vic is strong, silent, and one mean pink drink!
Special Events Manager & Head Baker
We don’t mean to brag but, it is with great dignity that we announce we have the greatest chocolate chip cookie baker on Earth. Nay, in the universe. Okay, maybe we can’t promise that, but we feel pretty strongly about it nonetheless. Maria is our head baker and manager of all special events and came to Owowcow with 15 years of catering experience under her belt. She took on our Party Animal - where she flawlessly manages the ins and outs of all of our weddings and special events. When she isn’t filling our bakery with all the heavenly smells, she’s a supermom to two teenagers (eep!) and a doggo mom. She loves to hike, is an amazing cook, and is guaranteed to keep everyone around her laughing.
Maria's very favorite is a cup of Espresso ice cream with our house fudge.
Maria loves the sense of family at the cow and knows that she is truly cared for by every person around her.
Chalfont Store Manager
Nikki came to Owowcow in April of 2019. As fate would have it, she began her ice cream career at her first ever job, an ice cream shop in her hometown of Milford, NJ. She has been a server, bartender, and office manager for some of the finest restaurants NJ and PA has to offer. If you think you know someone who’s organized, a methodical master of employee training, and a grammatical expert, you haven’t met Nikki. And we highly recommend that you do and visit her in Chalfont, where she runs the show for our fifth and newest location! In her downtime Nikki loves hiking, cooking and therefore...eating, crossword puzzles, coffee on the weekends, walking around bookstores, exploring cities, concerts (remember those?), & zoom dates with her adorable nephew.
Nikki's favorites include an espresso milkshake or mint chocolate chip in a rainbow sprinkle waffle cone
In Nikki's words “First and foremost, the ice cream! I love the relationship we have as a team and the camaraderie we share. I love being able to serve up scoops and smiles to folks young and old. You can’t beat having a fantastic community to share our product with.”
Easton Store Manager
Erin came to the cow in the summer of 2021! Equipped with a culinary arts background a la The Art Institute of Philadelphia, she brought her culinary training back home to Easton, where she worked her way through elite kitchens of downtown. With a passion for all things food, she found her way to Owowcow where she could share her expertise with the masses and serve up some of Easton’s finest cones. When she’s not holding down the fort in the Silk Mill, Erin can be found taking walks along the nearby Karl Stirner Arts Trail, supporting a plethora of local Easton small businesses, and spending time with her girlfriend and two adorable cats, Biggie & Little.
Erin’s go to cow order is a tried & true cup of Sweet Honey Cream. Or when March rolls around you can find her digging into a big ol’ scoop of Rocket Man (if you know, you know).
In Erin’s words: “I love the locality of it all. Sourcing from local farms and engaging with the local communities. I love my job most when I get to interact with new & regular customers alike, seeing their joy and satisfaction, and being a part of creating lifetime Owowcow lovers!”
Leslie came to Owowcow following her graduation from St. Joe’s University back in 2015. She had spent most of her time prior to joining us in a physics lab, interning at a local hospital, and working as a research assistant. After several years of rigorous studies, she was searching for a bit of a break from it all and found a position as a shift manager at our Wrightstown location. She immediately fell in love with the cow and everyone she worked with, and even spent some time at our Lambertville location once upon a time. After a brief hiatus exploring other career paths, she quickly realized that what she loved was being able to interact with people and bring joy through ice cream. She’s been lovingly doing just that in Wrightstown ever since! When she isn’t running the shop you can find her reading, sewing, snowboarding, hiking, and cooking and baking at home.
Leslie's cow favorite is a combo of espresso and cinnamon bourbon in a milkshake with a caramel drizzle coated cup. Fancy!
In Leslie's words "The people and the environment we have. I couldn’t ask for a better group of co-workers and employees. Everyone is so passionate and kind, and we’re always looking out for one another. I feel lucky to be able to work with such wonderful people.”