Friday, September 15, 2023

BLOG ---------------  MID SEPTEMBER  2023

Well believe it or not, it is Papa Robb. Please accept my apology for the lack of communication this year. A crazy year to say the least. Also little if any special attractions. Crazy yes, but also challenging on several levels. Trying to finally get over & recover from all the ramifications of Covid. (sadly many did not recover).

Let's throw in some health issues along with weather that can only be called abnormal, unusual, etc. But THANKS to YOU loyal friends & customers we are still here.

However there are some important changes on the way for several reasons. Big number one is that this year, around October 1, we will enter our winter schedule earlier than in the past..

Starting October 1, we will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Cosed on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.  Hours: Open at 2:00 & close at 8:00. (when Daylight Savings Time ends in Nov. we will close at 7:00)

As in the past we expect to close for the year the end of November & reopen next year around the end of March.

NOTE: All of this is open for adjustments depending on circumstances.

Why & What's Up? you may ask. Age & health & family responsibilities. Papa will be 75 years old the end of December. I do not plan to hang up my helmet entirely, but I will not be on the field as much as in the past. I have a few health issues & they need to be looked into with more detail. Some of these go way back & a couple since late last year.

So I will spend some time during the last quarter of this year with some super doctors. Probing & poking; tests, procedures & discussions I feel sure.

So that's it. I am looking forward to my nineties when my youngest grand child steps out on her own. Papa Robb's Paradise Ice is not going away. Just slowing down a little earlier this year, plus our catering & mobile sales continue. A plug here: remember to visit us at the Wonderland event with the Multiply Church in December. Always a great time.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

 BLOG - END OF YEAR PART 2 -- 2021

Let's begin Part 2 by reminding you to please read Part 1 of this blog & also to keep checking all our

social media posts & blogs through out the off season at Papa Robbs. Not only will we be keeping

you up to date on our plans for next year, but also on our winter mobile sales operations.

That all said  , another big Thank You for your help, ideas & support for this year. We continue - like

most small businesses  - to dig our way out of this ongoing Covid situation & we appreciate your

help more than ever.

This seems to be the perfect time to explain exactly what Papa Robb's Paradise Ice is all about: our

business philosophy so to speak. Our MISSION STATEMENT is: To serve quality products in a

safe, all inclusive, family-friendly atmosphere.  The key words here are: Safe, Inclusive, Family.

We are much more than just an ice cream, frozen treat store. We believe in being a part of our

community; Cabarrus & surrounding counties. children & families are the basis of our business.

Their - your - safety is our priority. Inclusive is really very simple also. All are welcome here as long

as you are polite, obey our rules & respect each other.

It has been a real deep pleasure to watch all of you come together at Papa Robbs. We are all very

proud of that family feeling. We have a rather sizable involvement with schools, churches, pre-

schools, daycares, etc. We are very proud of that, not because of what we do, but because of what

we have learned.

So thank you once again. We have some changes coming next year - hopefully a couple of big

changes - some new events, products & a return of some things from our history. Stay tuned this

winter for all the news.

Please be safe & enjoy the coming Holiday Season.

Sunday, November 21, 2021


Hello again. This message will actually be a two-parter so let's get to part one. Our year is in its final days. While we will close for Thanksgiving we will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday after -- our final day will be November 28.

This year has been much better than last year and better than we expected. We owe it all to you our loyal customers & friends. You simply kept coming in spite of the fact that part of our facility did not reopen due to a couple of "Covid Surges".  So thank you again.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT OUR MOBILE SALES:  While our store will close for the winter our mobile carts & trucks will remain open all winter long. Mobile sales & catering will still roll up & down our county & neighboring ones also.

We have a full slate of high school basketball games on our plate as well as some church events. These will be posted on a weekly schedule so please stay on top of all our social media platforms.

We have both trucks & mobile carts to handle most events so if you have a birthday party or customer or employee appreciation event - please keep us in mind. Any event we can handle.

In closing thanks again for a successful season & we look forward to next year. With next year in mind note that we will have blog part 2 in about two weeks & it will concern next year with hopefully some big news. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Hello again & I am sorry it has been so long , but we have been very busy this year & have faced some challenges -- some good & some not so good. Now some changes have arrived & there are more to come. So please pay attention & also be sure to keep checking our social media posts every day; sometimes more than once a day.

Let's start with some good news. This year has been much better than last year. Thanks to all of you for helping us survive last year as well as for your super support this year - both at our store & with our Mobile events.

But now we face a new Covid Surge -- and it is for real & serious. Viruses are living things & they too will fight to survive. They change & mutate into different forms. So we MUST fight back (more on this is a moment). We have already cancelled our extracurricular activities such as food & entertainment & reduced our weekend hours by one hour.

But we too have a shortage of help - especially since school begins. Three of our key people are in the education system. The result is that must reduce their hours at Papa Robb’s.

Therefore we have decided to implement our Fall hours of operation early. From mid-October to early September. Labor Day will be our final Monday for the year. Starting Tuesday, September 7 our new hours will be from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm - six days a week, closed on Mondays.

Allow me please to close on a more serious note. Once upon a time I lived a dream life. Not only did I work in the motorsports world, my company & its products were very successful. I was a happy man. Many of my heroes became my friends - some of the finest folks I have ever known. Sadly it was a dangerous time & we lost many good close friends. I miss them all to this day. But that time in my life gave me a deep respect for life & I do not want to lose any more friends.

So - preachy or not - PLEASE get that shot & wear that mask. A long long time ago we all had to "have our shots" before starting school. Things like measles, polio, chicken pox & a host of other deadly diseases -- well we don't worry about those anymore. Dangerous? Now I am 72 years old & I am still here. Thank God for vaccines. So please be safe & be healthy. We love seeing you at Papa Robbs.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

 BLOG - Food - 6/17/21

This blog news is short, but very important. Important because it pertains to how much & how often entertainers & various food vendors visit us all at Papa Robbs.

Starting this week we will host food vendors - carts, trucks, trailers - who will offer various types of food, from hotdogs to gourmet sandwiches. But let's be honest about this. These vendors are the essence of "shop local". The basic All American of start up businesses, but the investment cost is sizable. Like all businesses, if profits aren't made such businesses move on or fail.

So this is - from Papa Robb - a polite way of asking you to support these area small businesses. They are truly your neighbors. We have had many requests for food vendors so they are coming. Again, let's give them some support & they will return & others will join them.  It is really as simple as that.

The same goes for other guests such as Tripp The Clown, Balloon Artists, etc. These people really took a hard hit last year & many are "Buskers" working for tips.

Papa Robbs is also a mobile vendor. We are at Frank Liske Park every weekend & can be found at all sorts of events around the area.

We are all part of the local economy. Shop Local is more than a slogan. It is a way of life for many & is important to our community.

We appreciate your business - thanks for listening.

Saturday, May 29, 2021


We have some big news, but first we all need to give a huge vote of thanks. Obviously we at Papa Robbs have a big Thank You to our friends & customers. You have actually become a family over the past several years & really showed your faith last year.

This year has been  a strong & successful start, both at our store & our mobile sales/catering department. For that we are very grateful. We believe that we are not totally "out of the woods" yet, but from every indication we are well on our way. We still encourage you to remember those masks & most important - GET THAT SHOT! Hundreds if not thousands of people around the world worked very hard & set what seems to be a record in developing a vaccine. Let's use it.

Now we are happy to announce a change of hours & days of operation as we return to our schedule of the past. On Monday June 7 we return to seven days a week. Our expanded hours will be:  Sunday through Thursday, 11:00am until 9:00pm. Friday & Saturday, 11:00am until 10:00pm. Other plans include:

Some entertainment will return: music, Tripp The Clown, face painting, etc. Some yard games will return &  some food offerings will also return. We also hope to develop a Marketplace that will feature kids events, crafts & a vending market. As this grows we hope to add a small farmers' market.

So please keep an eye on all of our social media sites for updates  & remember we always need your ideas. Our "Flip Flop Hut" is an example. Slowly more flip flops are appearing & we hope you get a kick out of another bright spot at Papa Robbs.

Thank you again & we hope to see you again soon.


Monday, May 17, 2021


BLOG --  Good start,  May 16,  2021

Well hello again everyone. Thought we would give it a few weeks then report in. So here's your report!

Thank YOU, thank YOU for the best kick off in years. It has been a super start to our year & we owe it all to you - our family, friends, customers - everyone in this area. And we are just beginning - more on that later.

We do have to remind you that we still have rules, so keep making us proud. We are well know as an inclusive place that is a safe & fun facility for families. We are really one of a kind for this area & yes, we still pretend we are a "shack on the beach".

Now about one very important rule - MASKS. Over the past few days this has been very confusing to a lot of folks, but when it comes to Papa Robbs there is no confusion. We wear masks & we ENCOURAGE you to wear them too at Papa Robbs. Why?  Simply because no one seems to be sure about this subject & it keeps changing. So - better safe than sorry.

Papa Robb has had both shots now yet he still wears his mask. When asked why he explains:  I have a drivers license too but I still fasten my seat belt. So let's all remain a little patient for a little longer. Why not. Should be easy now since we've had this practice.

Now back to the future -- our operation days & hours will change soon so get ready for some summer fun. Entertainment will return for both kids & adults. Tripp The Clown will be back next month as will other activities.

FOOD?  Yes we have had requests so we will give our food truck friends another chance, but you must realize their success depends on your support. Watch all details in our blogs, texts & social media platforms.

Gotta run for now, but one more note - watch for our mobile sales force - Papa On The Go. We are at Frank Liske Park every weekend so join us there as well as at our store.