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Our first Durham-themed flavor!

As I’m sure most of you have noticed, it takes us a really long time to get around to making the flavors that most people consider “classics’. Take, for example, cookies and cream ice cream. It took us until this past summer to make our first batch (when we accidentally overbaked some cookies), and we’ve been churning ice cream since 2011. Our first summer out with the bus back in 2011, we didn’t even have plain chocolate. Milk chocolate malt, chocolate masala, chocolate black pepper, dark chocolate orange…but no regular chocolate.

However, we’ve come round to the idea that classics are classics for a reason. So we resolve to do them well, or to put our own crazy spin on them. Enter Roxboro Road.

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In case you haven’t guessed, Roxboro Road is our take on rocky road ice cream. Traditionally, rocky road is a chocolate ice cream with nuts and marshmallows. We made ours special with a milk chocolate ice cream base, toasted candied hazelnut bits, marshmallow pieces, and slivered almonds. And maybe the name is corny, but maybe it’s a testament to how much we love our town. In fact, we’re already thinking up some future Durham-themed flavors!

 

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We’re growing

You may have read the news making the rounds that we’re expanding our shop to include the space next door (119 Market, formerly occupied by Playworks). We’re very excited to add a pastry case, a dedicated coffee station, another register, and extra seating—including private party space. (In boring news, we’re also adding more dry storage space and will finally move our desk out of the kitchen staff’s way, into a proper office.)

Most of the details are in the press release we just sent out (pasted in below), so we don’t need to go into it all. We just wanted to announce it on our own site, where we can take comments— and preemptively answer some questions. Continue reading

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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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Fall updates

Hi everyone! There’s a lot of new and exciting stuff happening in The Parlour world these days, and we thought it’d be easier to put it all together here instead of spreading it across a million billion tweets.

Location, location, location

Okay, we’ve been talking for a while about our plans to open a brick and mortar shop. And we know people are excited about it because a whole lot of y’all pitched in for kitchen equipment. Now that we’ve signed the lease and revealed the location to our Kickstarter backers, we’re excited to announce it to the whole wide internet: The Parlour will be located at 117 Market St. in Downtown Durham! Continue reading