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Ye Olde Holiday Hours Poste

The fall/winter holiday times are approaching, and all your favorite local businesses are choosing different days to close/reopen/etc. We’ve already added our closing dates to Yelp and Google Maps, and we’ll be printing signs for the door. But in case you missed it there, here’s all the info in one place.

Staff Party: Monday, November 12

We’re having a staff appreciation party on November 12, so we’ll be be closed for that whole day.

Thanksgiving

We’ll be closed Thanksgiving day (November 22nd). We’ll reopen Friday the 23rd with standard Friday hours.

Xmas/New Year

Our shortened Christmas Eve hours will be 2:00–8:00 pm. Then we’ll be closed Christmas Day through New Year’s day, reopening Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Thanks again to everyone who’s enjoyed our ice cream (and coffee and cookies etc.) in 2018!

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Holiday Season News

It’s that time of year again, and we have a few quick updates to share.

Holiday Closings

Like many businesses, we’re going to be closed for part of the holiday season to make sure all of our staff have the opportunity for some time off. We have two closures to announce.

  1. We’ll be closed for the one day on Monday, December 14th for our staff party
  2. We’ll also close from December 24th to January 1st. We’ll reopen on January 2nd.

Please plan your ice cream eating accordingly! If you need to stock up on ice cream, we’ll be having another pint sale before the holiday closure (if you really need a lot, you can pre-order gallons right on our site).

Sufganiyot!

Sufganiyot!Hanukkah (we’re just going with Wikipedia’s spelling) will be here at sunset tonight, so once again we’re serving up Sufganiyot. No preorders this time; it’s first come, first served, while supplies last. We’ll have them today, Sunday, December 6th, and Tuesday, December 8th. The fillings are raspberry or quince jam. These are vegan!

Extra-exciting crossover news!

1449253572996Our friends from Runaway Clothes (the folks who brought you DURM apparel) are opening their own flagship retail shop right around the corner from us in early 2016. But if you want to browse their collection in person before the holidays, you can do it at The Parlour! They’ll be using part of our expanded dining room to set up a pop-up shop here December 10th–23rd! So you can stop by for ice cream and get some holiday gifts at the same time. Don’t forget to wash your hands before handling the merchandise!

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Fall and Winter Hours!

Hello, friends! Thanks to all of you for making this a great summer. Now that the weather’s cooling down, we’re switching to our fall hours. As of October 15th, our hours will be:

 

Monday through Thursday 2pm to 10pm

Friday and Saturday 12pm to 11pm

Sunday 12pm to 10pm

 

Once we’ve switched to our fall hours, we’ll be bringing back Sunday brunch and ice cream flights. We’ll be making facebook event pages for both brunch and flights, so you’ll always know when they’re happening! And we’ll also be adding more baked goods and hot drink specials in the next week or two, so come in for ganache hot chocolate, coconut cake, and more!

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Slow week, busy week…

Hello, ice cream fans!

This is kind of a strange week for us. We’ll be out with the bus a little less than usual, so in that respect it’ll be kind of slow. Besides our regular Rigsbee appearances Wednesday & Sunday, we’ll be at Oval Park on Thursday night and the Farmers Market Saturday morning. If you foresee intense ice cream cravings, please plan accordingly.

Aside from the light scooping schedule, there’s a lot going on this week. For one thing, the final results of this year’s Best of the Triangle survey are being published in the Indy. Notifications went out a few weeks ago, so know that we’re a finalist or winner in the Frozen Dessert category, but until we won’t know which until Wednesday. Either way, we’re thrilled to have made it into the listings, since we weren’t even in business for a year when voting ended! And we’re excited to see the rest of the results after seeing the occasional finalist announcement on the internet here and there.

“Okay,” you’re saying, “but that’s no excuse for the light scooping schedule, is it?” And you’re right, we could just read the results on our phones while selling ice cream, but there’s more. We’re putting the finishing touches on the text and video for that Kickstarter campaign we mentioned, and we’ll be launching it any day now. We’ve also got lots of meetings coming up to compare spaces and work on business planning. 

We’re also taking a little time for friends and family this week! Mr. Parlour’s mom is coming to visit for a few days, and she’s bringing her mom, whom we haven’t seen in years! We obviously have to spend at least a little time with them. And some friends of ours are getting married on Saturday, so we’re taking that evening off to help celebrate. (Of course, that we’re not appearing at the Indy’s Best Of Party that night, but you should still go and check out lots of other Best Of winners and finalists!)

So we hope you’ll let us slide a little for this week’s relative lack of ice cream service. We assure you we’ll be picking up the slack for the rest of June. It’s almost summer, our employees need the hours, and you folks need delicious ice cream! See you out there soon!

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Giving a little back

Since we started scooping last May, we’ve been humbled and amazed at the great reception we’ve gotten from Durham and surrounding communities. As we fill in our schedule for another busy season, we’re excited to return some of that support by participating in several charity and community events!

Upcoming Events

The first event we’re participating in is one that we’re sure lots of folks are looking forward to. Empty Bowls is a benefit for Urban Ministries of Durham’s Community Cafe, which serves three meals a day, every day of the year, to shelter residents and anyone in need of a meal. The cafe relies on volunteers and donations to keep running, and this year’s Empty Bowls event hopes to raise $30,000 to fill more empty bowls. Mrs. Parlour’s previous employer is one of the many great local restaurants contributing this year by participating in a soup competition at The Armory on March 8th. You may be wondering how we fit in, since we serve ice cream, not soup! Well, this year, Empty Bowls is having an afterparty at Fullsteam with bands and a food truck mini-rodeo. Each truck will have a special that fits in a bowl. Ours will be a sundae, naturally, and we’ll be donating 10% of our sales for the evening to Urban Ministries.

The following week is the grand opening for Liberty Arts, a non-profit metalworking studio, in its new space at the Cordoba Art Center (right by the Scrap Exchange)! This one is March 16th, a 3rd Friday, so there’ll be lots going on in the neighborhood. We’re doing a super-secret promotion that night, so keep your ears to the ground for details.

The very next day (March 17th) we’ll be at the anniversary celebration for Marry Durham. Last year, lots of folks came out for a civil union, parade, and reception pledging a commitment to keeping the Bull City great. The organizers raised $25,00 for five local charities in 2011. Vendors at this year’s event are also donating 10% for local charities (we don’t have the full list yet, but it will include at least some of last year’s recipients).

On April 21st, we head to neighboring towns for two community events in one day. First, we’ll be at the K9-3k dog walk through downtown Raleigh. This event raises money for the SPCA of Wake County. Since the Parlour family includes 3 rescued dogs and 3 rescued cats, we’re hoping lots of people register for the walk! And we’ll have free treats for your 4-legged companions. After the dog walk, we’re heading over to Briar Chapel for their Earth Day celebration, where we’ll be contributing a percentage of proceeds to the Abundance Foundation.

We’re also thrilled to be participating in this year’s Beaver Queen Pageant on June 2nd. The Pageant is a family-friendly outdoor event with music and food. It’s also a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, which is dedicated to restoring and preserving Ellerbe Creek, which runs right through Durham (including the park where we walk our dogs). Keep an eye on the Beaver Lodge website to find out about donating or participating in the pageant!

There are still more events we’re confirmed for and probably others to come, but this post is fairly long already. And we wanted to get to this last bit:

On a personal note…

Even before all these events, we’re participating in one more thing related to our little corner of the community. Our fellow food trucker Kenny Pettis, the Pop in Will and Pop’s was badly injured in a motorcycle accident earlier in February. During the week of the February 26th, we’re joining several other food trucks to collect donations to help out with Pop’s mounting medical expenses. If you’re a fan of Will & Pop’s locally-sourced street eats, or just want to show your support for the Triangle’s food trucks, please consider making a donation. Each truck will be pitching in with a contribution of our own, too, picking one day that week to donate a percentage of sales. We’ll post a list of participating trucks in the next few days.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see y’all out and around soon!

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Branching out

Our bus is often spotted outside of Motorco or Fullsteam, where we have our only two regularly-scheduled appearances (Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights, respectively). We love those businesses, and we’re thrilled to be a staple of the Rigsbee Ave. food truck scene. But we also want to visit other neighborhoods (we are mobile after all), so we can be seen by folks who haven’t heard of us yet and get closer to the fans who can’t make it to Rigsbee Ave. easily. So we wanted to let y’all know about some other locations we have coming up.

West Village, Downtown Durham

We’ve been parking at Posh or Magpie from 2:00-5:00 the last few Saturdays. We have some special events coming up the next few weekends, but we’ll be at Magpie again on Thursday the 18th, and will probably start going regularly on Saturdays again soon.

Old West Durham

Monkey Bottom Collaborative is an artist space in Old West Durham that’s having a dance party on Saturday the 20th. Bring your own iPod (or Zune or MiniDisc player) with a playlist full of dance, then take breaks from dancing to eat ice cream or vice versa.

We’re doing another event on Tuesday the 23rd at Outsider Art & Collectibles, a gallery on Iredell* that’s celebrating some renovations and the arrival of fall.

We also show up every other Wednesday at Erwin Square, 2200 W. Main*. We just stop by for an hour (3:00–4:00 pm) so folks working in the building can take an ice cream break, but anyone is welcome to show up!

*okay, we think but aren’t entirely sure, that these places are in OWD…

Points South

Infuzion is a studio on Westgate Dr. (over by Li Ming Global Mart and Toys R Us), with classes for all ages in dance, music, and martial arts. This Saturday, August 13th, they’re having a festival all day where you can sample dance classes cheap! We’ll be there from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Penrith West community is having a Salsa Walk on Saturday the 20th. As we understand it, it’s an outdoor salsa contest where anyone who brings their own chips can vote for the winner. It’s at 5604 Welkin Ct. which is out by Highway 54 and I-40, almost to RTP.

If you or your friends live or hang out in any of these places, come say hi! If you have suggestions for other neighborhoods that would like to have us, drop us a line.