Come Rain Or Come Shine

I’m gonna love you, like no one’s loved you,
Come rain or come shine.
High as a mountain, deep as a river,
Come rain or come shine.

Pound cake and homemade ice cream. It was a birthday tradition. Every year, B – Della Beatrice Howard Robinson – would make pound cake and homemade ice cream for her husband, Ray Charles. Years after their divorce, Della would still be there, on September 23rd, with poundcake and homemade ice cream for Ray.

How fitting that one of Vancouver’s popular artisanal ice-cream shops, Rain Or Shine, calls to mind Ray Charles’ gorgeous take on Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s tune: Come Rain or Come Shine.

You’re gonna love me, like no one’s loved me
Come rain or come shine
Happy together, unhappy together

And wouldn’t it be fine…

Vancouver’s Rain or Shine was started by married couple Josie Fenton and Blair Casey. When they traveled, Fenton and Casey were impressed by the pure, fresh ingredients other countries were offering in their ice creams. Returning home and ‘wandering down the ice cream aisle, we were constantly disappointed by the lacking flavors and scary ingredients we didn’t recognize.’

Like many entrepreneurs, Fenton and Casey started experimenting at home – in their case, with an ice-cream machine and eager friend testers. Friends were enraptured, word spread and Fenton and Casey opened their first Rain or Shine on November 13th, 2013 in Kits, on 4th near Burrard.

rain or shine cow

It is important to the Rain or Shine team that they use local ingredients, starting with dairy products from the Birchwood family farm in Abbotsford. Their ice-cream is Philadelphia-style, meaning the use of no eggs. This, Fenton and Casey feel, allows the flavours to shine. And their flavours are delicious and unique.

Last night, we enjoyed a picnic trio of Coffee Toffee, Salted Caramel and the vegan Coco Salted Fudge. The flavours did indeed taste pure and the texture was smooth with just the right amount of melt.


Other flavours on offer are Blueberry Balsamic – with berries from Surrey’s Hazelmere Organics Farm and balsamic vinegar from the Vancouver Olive Oil Company, Blackberry Sage, Bomber Passion Fruit Ale, Malted Milk Chocolate and Honey Lavender. On Taco Tuesdays, you can get your ice-cream in an open-edged waffle taco. Fenton and Casey’s endeavour has been so popular, they opened up a second location in Cambie Village in 2015.

Perhaps one day Josie and Blair will brew up a tribute flavour for Della and Ray. In the interim, here is some music to savour while you dig into your ice cream: Come Rain or Come Shine from the aptly named album The Genius of Ray Charles.

Written by Elizabeth Newton


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