The Winter Holidays Closure Etcetera Post, 2019 Edition

The Holiday Season is upon us once more! As usual, we’re taking a little downtime this winter, but we’re changing up the dates a bit. Here’s the details

Xmas time

We will be closed from December 21st through 28th this year. If you need any ice cream cakes for a special occasion during that time, make sure to put in your order for a pickup on or before the 20th!

This closures are already added to our Yelp and Google Maps listings, so your phone’s Maps app should have the correct hours during that time.

New Year’s time

Since we moved our closing week a bit early this year, we will be Open for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. NYE is on a Tuesday, so it’ll have normal weekday hours, noon–10:00 pm.

Staff Party time

We’ll be closed one Monday in January for a Post Holiday Staff Appreciation Party. This post (and our Yelp/Google listings) will be updated when we finalize the date.

Etc.

Special orders

The Peppermint Stick limited-edition cake is only available through December 20th!

Don’t forget to place any special orders by the 17th if you need them before we close!

Pint Sale

The week before we close, pints will be discounted when you buy 3 or more. So come by to stock up on holiday flavors or your year-round favorite.

Pints

Gift Cards

You can buy physical gift cards in store any time. Don’t forget to stock up by the 20th!

You can also purchase eGift cards online through our card processor, Square. Choose from two designs and have your gift delivered immediately or on a specified date.

Please note that because of Reasons, gift cards can only be used in our shop, not for online special orders

Thanks again to our customers, staff, and suppliers for a great 2019!

Saturday Florence Update

Hurricane Florence’s impact has been lighter than we expected, so for now we plan to be open today, Saturday September 15th, from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Of course, there is still rain and wind expected today, so things may change if we experience power outages or flooding issues. If all goes well, we expect to be open our regular hours (noon to 10:00 pm) tomorrow and Monday.

Stay safe!

Hurricane Florence Plans

Like many of you, we have been watching the shifting forecasts trying to plan for getting through hurricane Florence’s impact. Here’s what we’ve decided on so far.

It looks like rain and wind will be starting this evening (Thursday 9/13). For the safety of our staff, we will be closing at 6:00 pm. While we’re open during the day all ice cream, coffee and pastries will be 20% off.

We also intend to be closed Friday and Saturday. What happens beyond Saturday will depend on how the weather progresses. If we get bad power outages or water damage, we may need several extra days to clean up and/or restock. If the storm is extra mild, we may be able to reopen Saturday but with limited hours/menu/staff.

Please stay safe, and thanks for reading!

Holiday closing, the return of flight night, and oh boy do we not blog much

Hello, friends! I’m sure you’ve noticed that we don’t make blog posts very often (or perhaps you didn’t notice, since, well, we don’t make blog posts very often.) But we’ve got news to share.

First:

We will be closed from December 23rd through January 1st, reopening on January 2nd. Get your gift cards and holiday pints soon!

Second:

Speaking of gifts: have you seen our new t-shirts? Or our tea tins and bagged coffee? And did we mention the gift cards? We’ve got a great selection of stocking stuffers this year! And if you haven’t tasted our new selection of teas from Art of Tea, come in and try a cup with a homemade pastry for $1 off this Saturday.

Third:

Since the weather was unseasonably warm this fall, we’re just now starting to plan this year’s flight nights. Our first flight night will be Monday, January 9th. Mr. and Mrs. Parlour are traveling back to Mrs. Parlour’s home island of Saba this Christmas, and we’ll be bringing back ingredients for a very special Caribbean-themed flight. We’ll update again with the menu and ticket link when we return from our trip!

And finally: eggnog ice cream goes on the menu this week! Made with spiced rum and Homeland Creamery nog. Happy holidays!

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We’re hosting our first pop-up dinner!

Since our first flight night was such a success, we’re moving on to the next item on our agenda: hosting a dinner in our party room space! We’ve got a Thanksgiving-themed menu planned and we’ll be making LOTS of food. We don’t have the menu 100% set yet, but we’re very excited about the seitan roast recipe we’re working on: stuffed with butternut squash, wrapped in bacon, and baked inside a puff pastry shell. And yes, everything will be 100% vegan. Get your tickets here: https://theparlour.co/events/event/pre-thanksgiving/

We’ve got some good news…and some bad news.

Let’s start with the bad news first. Unfortunately, construction on our shop’s expansion is undergoing some major delays. Going through a brick wall in a multi-story building is pretty complicated. Since expanding the shop means cutting through a brick masonry wall, that also means finding a way to reinforce that wall and keep it holding up the building. The way to do that is to put in some steel beams and concrete footers under the floor, on firmly packed soil. Read more