Tuesday, September 26, 2017
HELLO AGAIN -- The weather has kept us rather busy. The hurricanes hit & hurt friends in the U.S. Virgin Islands & the Bahamas. So sad but no one killed or injured. Papa's sister road out the storm in Daytona. Lucky to be alive.
Of course the storm was headed our way so we cleared the decks & closed for two days. The storm then changed direction - thankfully - & we spent more time setting everything back in place. This year & the weather has been pretty tough on "Paradise Ice".But we feel very lucky compared to what has fallen upon so many others.
This is the time of year for changes so here they come: Starting next week we will be open six days a week, closed Mondays with some reduction in hours as in the past. . Hours will be -- Tuesday through Friday & Sunday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Saturday - 11:am - 8:00 pm.
Also Festival Fridays come to a close the end of this month September. Not to worry as our Bounce House will be up through October plus some games & perhaps a kids crafts night or two - so it is very important, as always, to check our Facebook & other forms of social media on all updates.
Our Mobile Sales & Catering has picked up this year. So much so that we are building another truck, but this one will be a little different so stay tuned for our big announcement soon. We are also testing a new program for Daycare Centers & Pre School & we will let you know how that works out as we test in prep for next year.
Let's close with a big shout out to our public servants. It is election time again & we hope you join us in positive recognition of our officials & local government employees. We had the privilege of participating in Concord's Annual Employee Appreciation Day & Picnic. What a great & hard working group of people. Trust me here: I have traveled quite a bit in my life & Concord & Cabarrus County are very well managed compared to many other areas. Yes I know all about traffic & "dug up roads", but that is a small price to pay for growth which is always better than "no growth".
As always a big Thanks to all of you - our friends at Papa Robbs. See you soon.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Well, hello again. I know I have been slack, but much has been happening. The BIG news is that Papa Robb is a "Papa Robb" again. Little Mariah joins the Granddaughter ranks & is happy & healthy. As the song says, they "Call the wind Mariah". Obviously everyone is very happy. So now Papa Robb has Erica, soon to be a freshman at college, Hannah freshman in high school, and Mariah - a freshman in the world!
Now to the small news! the weather has played havoc with us this year. A couple of times we were forced to close early as it was raining sideways. We try our best to stay open & always remember that all our treats can be made "To Go".
Our new Hot Dog vendor is working out super. Great dogs & service, so PLEASE come out every Friday & give this woman your support. All part of Festival Friday which has gained new life to say the least. More & more activities. And new players. Games, fun, lots of crafts both simple & more challenging.
Oh - did I mention Papa's new bounce house? BOUNCE HOUSE!!! Thanks to a kind friend we have a new Bounce House for Bounce House Wednesdays & special Festival Fridays. Also available for parties. Call us for info.
Better yet - check out our calendars. A paper version that we are giving out at the store & on the road & our events calendar on our web site, www.paparobbs.com. You must take advantage of these & our social media platforms so as to not miss anything at Papas.
We have not forgotten adults either. August 18 will feature Vendor Night - lots of cool things for the grownups to see & do. And Marty DeJarnette is providing music every Tuesday evening - & some friends drop by from time to time to join him. Lots of original tunes.
That's it, promise to "blog" more often - newsletter coming later this week. Thanks, Papa
Monday, May 29, 2017
Two big additions are Tuesday Tunes - music returns June 6 & every Tuesday so join us and Marty DeJarnette (& maybe some friends) for a night of super music & local talent.
Also - Hotdogs are back EVERY Friday - 4:30 - 8:00. We have said this before but you folks have asked for hotdogs so come out & support this new local business. The cart 7 Dionne have a military theme to honor our veterans so again some enjoy a dog or two on Fridays.
Now to medical, but this is really about this community. You all should know by now just much Papa Robb loves this area, Cabarrus County & our local leaders - business & political. Well let us add our local medical teams to that list.
My endocrinologist, Dr. James Holt has monitored a situation with my thyroid for almost 10 years & half of my thyroid was removed Tuesday, May 23. I am fine, all went well, no cancer, and my recovery has been better than I expected.
There was a scare (to me anyway) about a month ago , but once all my records, tests results, etc were back here in Cabarrus County - well let's just say that things changed for the better. We can start with my surgeon Brian Schmidt; the above mentioned Dr. Holt; Keith Griffin my primary care physician & the heart man himself, Dr. Christy. Better care I could not have asked for.
I must add here the super team at Northeast Medical - our local hospital. If surgery could be made a pleasure, the team at NE made it so - from the moment I arrived to when I was rolled out the door. I will never forget these great people.
I mention all this as another example of just how lucky we all are to live here where we do. Yes we are growing & growth creates problems, but our local government leadership, business leadership & yes, medical leadership are second to none.
It doesn't end there either. Our business policy is community involvement & we work with lots of churches, schools & non-profits. There are countless people who work very hard helping our neighbors & serving our community.
So the next time you see a local political leader, a volunteer, a first responder of any kind or a teacher -- take the time to say what we do: THANK YOU
Friday, May 12, 2017
Now to important stuff. Other than this crazy weather we have a very good start to this year. We just need less rain & steady warm temperatures. The store is busy & our mobiles are busier than ever. We are having a great time "on the road" with school & church events, many worthwhile causes & recently two days with Special Olympics. The kids are just super & teachers, helpers & many volunteers do above & beyond duties in our community.
Big news is the Pirates Are Coming - Saturday May 20 - so mark your calendar. Tons of Pirate fun & games & prizes. So get out your pirate gear & come prepared to sail the pirate seas. PIRATES IN PARADISE - May 20.
Music returned last week with Marty DeJarnette & he will be joining us every Tuesday starting June 6 - Tuesday Tunes. See, we do have events for big kids (adults) too. Tuesdays are also Popsicle Tuesday with discounts on our pops. We now have about 15 flavors. Some are actually health & all natural. We also have Butter Pecan, Cookies & Cream & testing a Coffee Cream flavor.
Speaking of flavors, we are always coming up with ideas & surprises. We also offer a series of unique flavors so come out & get a taste. Some may end up on our regular menu.
Please keep an eye or two on our facebook & also the events calendar on our web site as much is to come. Festival Fridays are back & we also have: Sundae Sunday, Popsicle Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday & next month will kick off Surprise Saturday which could be anything from card games, book night for the kids, story telling, a DJ or an extra visit by Mike the balloon artist.
That it for now, keep checking the blogs & we will see you soon.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
We have added a couple of flavors & our popsicle line expands by three requested flavors: Tropical Splash, Butter Pecan & Cookies & Cream. Twelve of our fourteen pop flavors are actually quite healthy - gluten free & all natural ingredients. There will be special flavors from time to time, not only with popsicles, but our ice cream & italian ice also.
This is the perfect spot to mention our blogs & all of our social media. There is so much info this year about special events & other news that it is VERY important that you read Papa's Blogs, check our web site calendar & our social media posts. Our blogs may contain a few personal stories about people we have known - we're still thinking about that. But there will be more blogs due to our plans, soooooo -------------
More special events - some new some familiar. Music will return, plus we will have a talent show this year. Much of what we plan will involve kids & we will have special nights throughout the year & every week. We are ALWAYS looking for entertainers so don't be shy. We are all just a big family so grab that musical instrument, or do some magic - good or bad it is always fun. Last year Papa event beat on a bucket with Lynz our DJ!!!
We will be in our spring hours till late April but are always willing to open earlier for your special party - so call & reserve your party date soon. You can always email us at: email@example.com
We are going off site more this year. Check out our new Facebook Page addition - Papa On The Go - for the latest on where we will be.
Did you know you can own your very own Papa Robb's Paradise Ice? Start finding details by email. Again: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow a personal close. Our community - both the Concord/Cabarrus community & the Motorsports Community - lost a true friend. Henry Furr died Tuesday, February 21. He was a business man & auto racing builder & promoter. People like Henry Furr made it possible for people like Dale Earnhardt. If not for Henry there might not have ever been a Papa Robb. He was one of the finest people I have ever known. Whenever someone dies, most folks say, "Rest In Peace". Henry wasn't much of a rester. I feel pretty sure Henry Furr is up in Heaven on a golden bulldozer or grader already building something - probably the finest park there ever was. The world is a poorer place without Henry Furr.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Let's begin with an important reminder. You all know that Papas is a family friendly place and as such we have some rules. These rules are for the comfort and safety of our guests, especially the children. We appreciate your respect for these simple yet polite rules.
But we also want to remind everyone that Papa Robbs is an inclusive business. All are welcome here. You might say that we are a "Bully Free Zone". Above average good manners are always expected. You, your children & entire family are safe as can be here. Our Mission Statement is important to us and we want you to always feel very much at home with us.
We are getting ready for spring & we expect to re open mid to late March - details to come. We have added additional marketing help, business advisory poeple and several new ideas. Our menu boards are much more user friendly, there will be more onsite info about specials, coming events, etc. Both old & new ideas about events will return and we have even added more choices of Paradise Pops flavors.
We have several new apartment complexes opening in our area & we will be reaching out to these new neighbors as they are young adults, many with children & many retirees as well. And Papa Robbs is not just for kids & we will be bringing more entertainment for our adults this year - singles & parents.
Our Party Area is opening up for area social clubs so give us a call & bring your group to Papas this year. There is no better place to discuss books, gardening or simply place some games with your friends.
Our mobile units will expand this year. Look for us in several new locations, events, plus we cater to all kinds of events, parties, etc. Watch soon for our new social media page(s) that specifically provide information about our mobile schedule.
Last, our Blogs will increase this year due to the amount of information, so PLEASE keep close watches on our web site, blogs & social media. This year more important that ever.
One final note: we now have a licensing program whereby you can own your own Papa Robbs. Details on our Blog in two weeks or call 704/ 425-5552 for more information.
Thank you for your support & we will see you sooner than you think.
Papa Robb's Paradise Ice
Saturday, November 26, 2016
This is the time we start to wind down our season. Our final day will be December 18th. Starting now we will open everyday at 1:00 & close at 7:00 pm. Our annual Pint Sale includes both Italian Ice & Ice Cream & our popsicles will be $1.50 for the rest of the year. (speaking of popsicles, they are now so popular we will be adding even more flavors next year!)
Papa Robb & Miss Kathy want to extend a very special THANK YOU to our hard working staff. Your hard work & your treatment of our customers are the key to our success. We've had a lot of great entertainers this year, but our super team of regulars stand out. Michael our Balloon Artist, Beverly our Face Painter, & Tripp The Clown, who started it all.
Changes are coming next year. Our Mobile Vending will be bigger, there is talk of other locations, test markets, etc. Should be interesting to say the least, but this also means that Wintertime will be Busy Time.
Stay tuned to our social media - very important. Also, come see us over the next three weeks & keep sending us ideas.
Above all - Please Be Safe.