Full Tilt Laboratories: Ice-cream enterprise adding a new White Center space

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog/White Center Now editor

White Center is where Justin Cline and Ann Magyar launched Full Tilt Ice Cream, and it’s where they’re adding an additional business space to facilitate more growth.

We were there two hours ago when Justin got the keys (from broker Mary K. Wynn, left) to the 16th SW space on the south block of downtown White Center that was briefly known as GAME Lounge, before that the Hang Around and The Wall, among other identities – like a fancy restaurant called Epicure.

But he has one other motivation besides more room to facilitate growth:

“Just knowing this won’t be another dive bar again.”

Toting son Moss, who’s about to celebrate his first birthday, Justin showed us around on behalf of WSB and our WC news site White Center Now.

The kitchen side of the 6,061-square-foot space will be manufacturing and warehousing for Full Tilt Ice Cream, and will enable them to do more whole sale selling. The other side – on the north – will be turned eventually into “some sort of retail space and artist gallery,” Justin explains.

It’ll enable Full Tilt to do many more things, even give tours to kids’ groups who just couldn’t fit into the space at the back of their original White Center location, opened three and a half years ago. (It’s spawned three other locations along the way – Ballard, Columbia City, U-District.)

The White Center space has alley access, even a deck out the back stairs.

Justin says they’ll start work this weekend on “basically gut(ting) it” – though they’re still debating the fate of some unusual interior features, like the wall of “big stones” – and hope to be using it in a big way within about two months. Even before then, he’s giving some space to Bike Works, to teach bicycle repair for the next six weeks.

28 Replies to "Full Tilt Laboratories: Ice-cream enterprise adding a new White Center space"

  • AJP February 3, 2012 (1:21 pm)

    AWESOME!!!!! Love you guys!!!! Happy birthday Moss!!!!

  • Lisa February 3, 2012 (1:24 pm)

    good news~!

  • Sue February 3, 2012 (1:27 pm)

    Congrats! And wonderful idea about the tours for kids. As a kid I was taken on a tour of McDonalds to see behind the scenes stuff, and it was one of my most memorable school trips. And ice cream would be far more memorable (and tasty) than McDonalds. :)

  • debbie February 3, 2012 (1:29 pm)

    The reasons I love Full Tilt are endless. Their devotion to the community is a big one though. Thank you so much.

  • JO February 3, 2012 (1:34 pm)

    YEA!This is such good news for that spot!!! Congratulations!

  • Todd February 3, 2012 (1:39 pm)

    Great to see a local small business doing so well and growing!

  • C February 3, 2012 (1:42 pm)

    A small business with heart. Sounds like a winning situation!

  • Cclarue February 3, 2012 (1:50 pm)

    Yay!!! Cleanin up WC 1 space at a time!! Thank you justin n ann!

  • dubsea rocks February 3, 2012 (1:57 pm)

    GOOOO JUSTIN! Thank you so much!

  • Laconique February 3, 2012 (3:21 pm)

    This is just so great!!! Justin and Ann are fantastic business owners and advocates for their community.

  • pigeonmom February 3, 2012 (3:28 pm)

    Mazel tov!

  • Lauren W. February 3, 2012 (3:35 pm)

    Hey Ann,
    Congratulations on the expansion of your business and your family! I need to stop by.
    Take care

  • Cheryl February 3, 2012 (3:40 pm)

    Good news … wishing you all the best in your expansion. You are just what this area needs more of….a family orientated business with a heart! I may be hitting you up for a job…lol

  • Stuffed Cakes February 3, 2012 (3:44 pm)

    Congrats, Justin!!! Wonderful news! You guys are an inspiration to our shop. :-)

  • Vera J. February 3, 2012 (6:53 pm)

    Yay! Glad to see it coming together. So happy to have you here in our community! I enjoy what you bring to us here in White Center.
    Thank you!

  • bart February 3, 2012 (8:02 pm)

    Congratulations!! You’re the best ice cream family anyone could ever imagine!

  • smokeycretin9 February 3, 2012 (8:33 pm)

    WHite Center thanks you. You guys rock!

  • Jsv February 3, 2012 (8:41 pm)

    Thanks Justin and Ann for all you do. Best of luck in the new space! I’ll be in next month to buy large amounts of ice cream for my sons Bday!

  • Admiral California February 3, 2012 (9:21 pm)

    Great news for a great business.

  • argonautter February 3, 2012 (10:40 pm)

    Ann & Justin, you two are models for ways to build healthy community, and an inspiration to others. I wish you all the best on this new endeavor.

  • rmp February 4, 2012 (7:37 am)

    What’s better then Ice Cream to chear one up!!! And Your’s is tops!!!!

  • ann February 4, 2012 (1:35 pm)

    Thanks everyone! We absolutely would not be able to do what we do without all of the support and inspiration we get from all of you. So we send all the love right back at ya!

    And Lauren, I would love to see you!

    Mr & Mrs & Jr FT

  • white center neighbor February 5, 2012 (8:56 am)

    Awesome! I was hoping someone bring more light to that corner. Im happy to know that it will be you! Congratulations!

  • kingblind February 5, 2012 (10:22 am)

    Full Tilt RULES!!

  • churchlady February 5, 2012 (3:28 pm)

    Now I have a ice cream spot within walking distance from my house! Thanks you soo much Justin and Ann! Im glad I wont be seeing anymore losers hanging out on that corner when I’m at the four way stop. You two are a great influence to have in our community.

  • Jim P. February 5, 2012 (8:40 pm)

    I made my first visit to Full Tilt a few weeks ago, I am new to West Seattle. I was delighted both with the ice cream and the friendly young lady behind the counter.

    White center has a long way to go and it’s places like this that will bring it up out of urban decay and squalor.

    I wish them every possible success and I’ll definitely be stopping by again an again.

  • DBP February 6, 2012 (8:12 pm)

    Pretty soon ya won’t be able to swing a cat in this town without hitting a Justin Cline-related enterprise.
    And that’s all right by me.

  • RIck February 8, 2012 (9:40 am)

    That’s great news. Let me know if you need some help with the building process. I have just opened my own general contracing business, Riverview Construction Services, llc. http://www.riverviewcs.co


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