Monday, March 22, 2021
SAFETY, SAFETY, MORE SAFETY
Our Opening Day is approaching - Thursday, March 25, 11:00 am till 8:00 pm. It might very well have a wet opening, but rain or shine we are on. Keep a close watch on all of our social media for all the latest updates.
From the earliest days Papa Robb's Paradise Ice was designed to resemble a vacation shack on the beach. Much more important, it was designed as an inclusive - very inclusive - place. Everyone, & we mean everyone, is welcome. A lot of things have changed in our world, but our policy has not changed.
The world may have its rules & regulations, but Papa Robbs has its own set of regulations. Behavior & safety are the basis for Papa's Rules. We have been & remain the place where all people can bring their families - their children - and feel safe. Not bullies, no bullets, no bigots. Your children are safe with us.
We are excited about having you back. The old place has been spruced up, cleaned up, some new paint. Not only can you now sit down, but our playground has been cleaned & sanitized. So come & have a good time seeing old friends & making new ones.
While we have several ideas about special events, co-ops, etc for this year, we have two such specials from the very start. On Friday, March 26 our friends at the Sojourney Church will host a Happy Hour(s) at Papa Robbs. From 4:00 pm until our 8:00 pm closing there will be a $1.00 - one dollar - discount per item on all of our products. An extra reason to be Happy!
On Saturday, March 27, our neighbors at Eva Drive Baptist Church will join us & host their annual Easter Party. Games, surprises & free hotdogs for all. This is open to the public. Other events will soon begin to happen so again, keep reading blogs & checking our web site, facebook, etc.
Meanwhile, you please be safe. And DO NOT FORGET your masks. Last - we know you have ideas, so keep sending them to us - please.
Monday, March 8, 2021
BLOG -- 2021 -- BLOG OF 3/7/21
Well, well, well -- We're back & very happy & excited about 2021. So, let's get to it.
There is so much news that we must break it into a few blogs. It is VERY IMPORTANT to read our blogs, posts, etc as promise to do better with our communications this year. Social Media posts, texting, blogs, etc will be better & more frequent.
Let's begin with a huge THANK YOU. Papa Robbs survived last year because so many of you supported us through a challenging year for us all. In spite of limitations & restrictions you came & supported us.
Churches were helpful also as were businesses that hosted important but innovative social events -- Drive In Socials is a fine example. So again - thank you to everyone. Now to this year:
OPENING - weather permitting we will open on Thursday, March 25 at 11:00 am. We will be open every day except Mondays from 1:00 am to 8:00 pm. About May first these hours & days will change & expand.
YES there will be seating & you will notice a few changes but we feel our seating choices will be safe. New ground covers, mulch, etc - all cleaned, painted & sanitized.
PLAYGROUND will be open. Cleaned & professionally sanitized.
GENERAL REGULATIONS, known far & wide as "Papa's Rules" are still in force. There have always meant simply as good manners & behavior. Be kind as we are all family at Papas. Remember your masks, masks & masks.
Watch for more news to come & we will see you soon.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
BLOG -- Second half of season - Aug. 1, 2020
Our season is now half over & it has been a challenge for Papa Robbs as it has for businesses , especially small locally owned businesses, across the country. Many will not survive, but are determined & we are very fortunate. We have a good product, good corporate partners/suppliers, a super staff & we have you - our friends & customers.
Since some of this blog will not be what you want to hear let us begin by saying how much we appreciate your support & loyalty. Change & adjustment is never easy & we have all had to live with change this year. But if we stay the course, do the right thing & support each other then this too will pass. It will not be as soon as we would like & to be honest, things will never be quite like they were before. With that in mind let's get to the latest news, updates & plans.
No matter what you hear otherwise, the Covid-19 virus is real, dangerous & will be with us for a while longer. We hope & pray for better days, smarter treatments & a vaccine that works. Until then we must make smart decisions & truly believe that we are all in this together. Your continued understanding, patience & support are needed now more than ever.. Please note the following:
SAFETY -- Paramount; most important; basis for every decision we make. The safety of you, your family & for our staff. We also happen to believe in facts, numbers, statistics & science. We heed the advice of our doctors, the CDC & our local health alliance.
PLAYGROUND -- Our playground is closed & will remain closed for the rest of this year. Public playgrounds are closed & we are considered public. It is the law & it is smart policy. Before it does re open there are repairs that need to be made & it will be clean & professionally disinfected.
SEATING & RESTROOMS -- Also closed for the foreseeable future. Simply too dangerous & very hard to control. We do not have the staff size. Plus the kids will not understand why they can not play on the playground, etc. Not fair is it? We do allow tailgating with your family & we appreciate your help with keeping our property neat & clean.
That's it. We know it not the most pleasant of news but it is the facts. We want things different too, but we want everyone safe - SAFE SAFE SAFE. So be patient & remember that we need, welcome & appreciate your support.
Thank You, Papa Robb
Friday, June 26, 2020
Recently we have seen an increase in our customers asking about seating. We have said several times that Papa Robbs operates on its own phases & deadlines. While we attempt to base our decisions on current news about the Covid-19 Virus we realize that we have our own particular situations - party center, playground, large control area, etc. Also once again - our priority is SAFETY, for our customers & our staff. So please note the following:
We will continue keeping the party center & the playground closed - maybe for the rest of this year. We will also continue to restrict all seating - no seating allowed. Tailgating is still allowed but we urge social distancing.
North Carolina now has a mask mandate. Obviously you can't eat while wearing a mask, but we also urge you to wear a mask while waiting to order. Let us ALL WORK TOGETHER to keep each other safe.
We recently received an email from Kannapolis noting new case numbers that were over 250, plus North Carolina has now joined the alarmingly number of states with spikes in cases. Therefore we will keep our regulations in place for the time being.
We will however make a small but important change in our hours of operation: starting the weekend of July 4 we will open 7 days a week from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, giving some extra time in the evening after work.
We know that this news is not what we all hoped for, but neither is this entire year & situation. Let us all remain patient & polite with each other & remember that eventually this too shall pass.
Friday, May 22, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
What's next you may ask? But let's begin with news of our first week of the season. We've been open for less than a week & we are happy to report that things went well; actually better than expected. This of course was because of you.
Everyone was VERY cooperative, with us & each other. Then again you guys are always cooperative & nice. And that's what makes Papa Robbs Papa Robbs. Now, you are already asking: "What's next"? Simply put - more of the same.
We see & hear the same news as you: about Opening Up. States, counties, cities, towns & some businesses. In our opinion opening too fast, too much & too soon. We simply have most faith in science & medicine. We want to be wide open again for sure, not at the risk to our staff & you - our customer/friends.
SAFETY -- SAFETY -- SAFETY. Tha't the name of this game. This virus is not going away as soon as some people think - so why take the risk? Besides, ole Papa Robb had a timetable of his own. Call it Papa's 4 Phases. We just opened so we are going to stick with our plan & we will try to open in baby steps. Our first phase was due to last about a month & that is still the plan.
We want to thank all of you again for your great good manners. Papa's Grandmother would approve. Keep watching our social media as we try to do 2 or 3 posts a week & will soon begin our texting program for the year. Some surprises are on the way & a few door prizes to boot.
Before we go - check our menu at our web site as we have a few new items & last year's special Brownie Sundae has become a regular item. Another hint: our Papa's Faves shakes are going fast so come get a taste.
We'll talk again soon.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
READY, SET, GO! -- Hello again. This might be our final blog before we open Apil 30. Our schedule is pretty tight as we also have our mobile department up & running so we are getting busier every day.
This blog will be more of a list of important things to know, so let's get to it:
1. As we noted in our last blog, safety is very important, thus all of our regular regulations will be in effect plus a few more. We ask that we all
practice respect & patience.
2. We will do social distancing with tape markings. There will be separate areas for entrance & exit marked with signage. You will see more hats,
gloves & masks with entrance to our work area restricted to on duty employees only - no more visits allowed by friends, family members or off
3. All orders will be Carry Out/To Go only - no seating will be available. For the time being we will allow you to enjoy your treat in your vehicle if
you so choose.
4. Over the past several weeks we have discussed plans with our friendly competitors, health care workers, our doctors & other officials & will
follow guidlines set out by the CDC.
5. Again - this is all for your protection.
6. All is not so drab however: Papa Robb's will be as bright & inviting as we can make it. Music will be there somewhere. Plus we have some
exciting flavors & products. Both SunDrop & Cheerwine Italian Ice (while they last). Some ice cream flavors such as the return of Banana Pudding,
a new Birthday Cake, Cherry Vanilla & Crazy Vanilla. Other specials will show up over the season.
7. Papa has some new Faves & they are interesting: We now offer a Cheerwine Shake, A Lemonade Shake & an Orange Creamsicle Shake.
Give em all a try.
8. Food rumors are true. Sometime in May we plan to offer some food choices. These are at YOUR requests so remember they will need your
support to keep serving. Hot Dogs, Burgers, Bar B Que are among our plans.
9. We are excited & look forward to seeing you again, so mark your calendars, tell your friends & we see you again starting Thursday, April 30,
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
10. Thanks again for your support & please Be Safe