Just in time for the holiday giving season, the innovative dessert masters behind Little Baby’s are launching something new: Ice cream as a service.

Starting today, you can visit the Little Baby’s Ice Cream website and sign up for an ice cream subscription. Choose one of the tiers — are you a three scoops a month kind of devotee, or more of a two pints per month zealot? — then enter your credit card info and boom, you’re rolling in ice cream riches.

Hot tip for folks whose loved ones are ice cream fanatics: This new service also makes it logistically feasible to give ice cream as a present.

Once you (or your lucky gift recipient) is a member, just stroll into any LBIC location (the HQ on Frankford Avenue, the Cedar Park shop, the forthcoming stand at the Penn Food Hall, outposts in Baltimore and DC) and show a member number to redeem one of your scoops or pints. Then do the same thing next time you’re nearby. No worrying about whether you have cash in your pocket, or even if you have your wallet on you. The subscription is good for any flavor or style of ice cream, confirmed LBIC co-owner Pete Angevine.

If subscribing to a local food purveyor seems odd, get used to it, because you’re about to see it a lot more.

A subscription platform for small businesses is the next big idea from one of the founders of Ticketleap, the Philly-based startup that blew up to become a nationally relied upon event management service. In September, Ticketleap was sold to NYC’s Patron Technology, and former CEO Tim Raybould took $750,000 in seed capital to launch Port.

Little Baby’s is Port’s first official client, Raybould told Billy Penn. He’s personally a fan, he said, but not as much of an devotee of one member of the six-person Port team, who he describes as an LBIC regular — and is how the creamery ended up as the test case for the platform.

If your interest is piqued, best to act fast, because LBIC is running a Black Friday special that’s good now through Cyber Monday of $10 off any subscription. So instead of $12 for the first month of Scoop Club or $15 for Pint Club, your card will be charged just $2 or $5, respectively.

As the Little Baby’s website says, “Join now, lick forever.”

Danya Henninger is director and editor of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation — including the membership program. She is a former food...