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Supplies for ice cream parlors

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Gelato Products

When it comes to business, you need to make sure that you get the best out of what you’re paying for. And in a world like ours that’s obsessed with competition, you need to make sure that you have all your bases covered. If you own an ice cream parlor, you’re going to need things like White paper cupsas well as Plastic yogurt spoonsfor your parlor. Basic supplies for your business is important because it represents a substantial portion of your expenses. If you’ve ever heard the saying that you need to spend money to make money, you’ll find that it’s not really accurate. Depending on your supplier, you can get way much more for what you pay for. As a business owner, it’s important for you to find the best suppliers that can give you the best terms for the best prices as well. Sure, it’s not as easy as it sounds, and that’s because it really isn’t that easy to find good suppliers that you can have a working relationship with. Other than cups and spoons, you will also need to find a supplier for your ingredients such as cream, milk, sugar, and other essential ingredients for your flavor as well. If you already have equipment available that you can use in your parlor, you also need to make sure that you buy them with an agreement for regular maintenance as well as spare parts too. If you have that locked down, then you’re all set with your ice cream parlor.

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Frozen yogurt cups are affordable and easily personalized as well. This should be one of the first investments you make when opening your own ice cream parlor.

School Fundraising Idea: Ice Cream Shop

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Gelato Products

Summary: Ice cream is a good fundraiser, if you know how to properly plan an event. These tips will help you put on an exciting ice cream shop to raise funds for a school or church.

Now that the warm weather is approaching, it’s a good time to start fundraising for the coming year. Ice cream can be a great method to bring in extra cash for your class. There are a variety of ways to offer ice cream as a promotion, and build a compelling promotion that gets your community involved. Here are some ideas on how to use ice cream as a fundraiser.

Ice Cream Booth

Running an ice cream booth requires some planning and a good venue. This is a great idea for youth or church groups with access to a hall. Look for a local play at an area theater, then talk with the production team to see if you can sell during intermission. Set up four or five small tables outside the venue, and pick up some ice cream shop supplies so you have cups and spoons. Lids are handy too, so you can sell to people after the show and let them take their dessert home.

There are two ways to charge for the ice cream you sell. You can sell it for a few dollars per scoop, or you can charge a flat fee for entry to your area, and offer free scoops with entry.

Freeze Off

Similar to the ice cream booth, the freeze off gamifies those ideas and turns buying ice cream into a competition. Each scoop should come with a certain number of tickets, and participants use their tickets like a vote. Set buckets out before each flavor you offer, then ask your customers to vote for their favorite flavors. At the end of the event, you announce the different winners and choose tickets from the buckets. Call out the numbers and award the ticket holders with a small donated prize.

Make sure you solicit a donation ahead of time, and offer plenty of ice cream spoons so customers can taste as much as they want to make a decision.

Final Thoughts

Fundraising can turn into a fun event, if you take the time ahead to plan for supplies. If possible, get parents and friends to RSVP ahead of time so you can get a count of ice cream cups and supplies you might need for the event. Be creative and try to incorporate fun ideas, and see if you can get your supplies donated to you from the school or some other organization. You’d be surprised at what you can get if you just ask.

Thoughtful Gifts for Mother’s Day

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to buy something special for the person who brought you into this life. Whether you’re living at home, away at college, or living abroad with your new family, chances are you want to buy a thoughtful gift for Mom without spending a lot of money. Does Mom love jewelry? Does she enjoy gardening? Is your mom a talented cook? Consider her talents and hobbies to find the perfect gift that will brighten her day without breaking the bank.

One of our favorite places to shop for mom is Amazon.com, the largest online retailer. That’s because the products are high-quality and the prices are low. You can also ask for special gift wrapping and have the items delivered straight to mom’s door. Here’s is a list of our top five gifts for Mother’s Day:

      Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Earrings with Pendant: This sparkling blue topaz set includes elegant earrings and a pendant made from 935 sterling silver. Each jewelry piece features a four-prong setting and framed by an elegant textured silver border. The matching pendant also comes with an 18-inch rope chain.


      Lavender Spa Bath and Body Gift Set: Does mom need a break? Encourage relaxation with this calming lavender spa set, featuring scented spa cleansing bath gel, moisturizing lotion, and sisal loofah. It also includes double chocolate brownie cocoa, tea, and biscuits — the perfect way to unwind and relax.


      Kitchen Tool Set: If mom loves to cook, she will love this 15-piece everyday kitchen tool set featuring essential kitchen tools, including a flexible turner, 12-inch tongs, square turner, spoon, slotted spoon, and grater. The set also features an ice cream scoop, potato masher, can opener, and much more!


      Stylish New Balance Sneakers: Lightweight, comfortable, and fashionable, these Heidi Klum New Balance shoes are ideal for the mom who enjoys walking, running, and regular exercise. But she can also wear these stylish shoes while shopping and running errands around town.


      Diamond Stainless Steel Watch: Wow mom with a new watch! This beautiful watch features diamond-encrusted stainless steel bezel, coated with a mineral crystal. The silver dial is surrounded by white hourly markers and features an easy-to-read window.

Good Gifts for Father’s Day

April 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Amazon.com, one of the internet’s largest retailers, offering everything from books and music to electronics and tennis rackets, is the best place to find fabulous gifts for Dad this year.  With so many gifts to choose from, it’s easy to find a gift your dad will love without going over your budget.

This Father’s Day surprise the hero in your life with a thoughtful gift that will satisfy both Dad and your wallet. Here’s a list of our favorite gifts for dad from Amazon.com:

Deluxe Grill Set: If your dad is new to the grill, he will love this 14-piece deluxe grill set. Available gift wrapped, this practical and thoughtful gift includes a chef’s spatula, grill tongs, silicone basting brush, four pairs of corn holders, and more. It comes in a handy aluminum storage case.


Heated Massaging Heat Cushion: Designed to provide relief to upper back, lumbar, and thighs, this massaging heat cushion comes with four powerful massage motors. Dad can place this cushion on nearly any chair and use the remote hand control to relax after a hard day’s work.


18-Piece Stainless Steel Grill Set: If your dad loves to barbeque on the weekends, holidays, and special occasions, this 18-piece stainless steel grill set is the perfect gift. It includes all essential tools for grilling, including a three-in-one spatula, tongs, four skewers and eight corn holders, all placed in a durable case for storing.


Mr Bar B Q 02099X 18-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set: Ideal for the seasoned outdoor chef, Dad will enjoy grilling with the four-in-one spatula and all the other essential grilling tools. While this gift may seem identical to the one above, the difference is in the commercial-grade polished stainless steel items and the patented stay cool grip handles.


BBQ Gift Basket: If you live far away from home, consider sending this thoughtful gift basket. Already wrapped and ready for shipping, this large gift basket includes many delicious sauces, grilling cedar planks, and seasoned skewers.

Top 5 Best Restaurants in Boston

March 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Finding a good restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts is not hard; this historic city is graced with some of the best eateries in the country, ranging from upscale bistros to good old fashioned hot dog stands. However, we would like to take a peek at some of the upscale bistros, ideal for special occasions and romantic evenings.
Bistro Du Midi: Winner of the best French restaurant in Boston, Bistro Du Midi serves modern provincial cuisine in a warm atmosphere. The menu is inspired by the Midi region in France and includes seafood, meats, and vegetable entrees and delicious desserts.
Hamersley’s: If you’re in the mood for hearty New England dishes, the Hamersley’s is the place for you. Entrees include spicy halibut and clam roast with bacon braised greens, grilled loin of venison with savory apple, and peppered rib of aged beef with spicy celery root.
Abe & Louie’s: Voted one of the top steakhouses in the country, Abe & Louie’s is an upscale classic American steakhouse offering prime meats and fresh seafood. Signature dishes include lump crab cake and swordfish chop.
Menton:Located in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, Menton is named after a small village in France. Although it just opened in 2010, the restaurant has already made a name for itself; it received a four-star review from The Boston Globe, and was named best new restaurants in 2012 by two leading magazines.

Harvest:  For modern New England food, nothing’s better than Harvest. Located in Harvard Square, Harvest offers a delicious menu featuring local fresh ingredients. Entrées include cocoa crusted axis venison, roulade of Giannone farms chicken, and grilled Painted Hills Farm tenderloin.

The Perfect Holiday Eyes

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

During a season of countless holiday parties, from Christmas to New Year’s, women desperately scour the web in search of that perfect little black dress. And some women, both young and old, are on the lookout for the perfect pair of eyeglasses.

Unfortunately, quality frames are hard to come by these days, especially if you’re shopping online. And if you do find decent frames that won’t fall apart on you, they are usually brand name frames featuring a hefty price tag. But one retailer, Zenni Optical, makes the “nice” list this season for offering consumers quality frames at budget-friendly prices.

Zenni Optical manufactures all of its frames using the latest materials and techniques on the market. And the reason the company is able to provide consumers with frames at such low prices is because there is no middleman. Without having to pay for retail overhead or advertising (Yes, the company actually relies on word of mouth) Zenni Optical offers online shoppers fashionable products at affordable prices.

The perfect frames are always hard to find. Unless, of course, you go to the right place. Zenni Optical is the latest craze for frames fanciers on the lookout for the perfect pair of eyeglasses to match their holiday outfits. Consumers can choose from thousands of styles on the website, including a collection of holiday themed frames, if you’re so inclined. Ladies can also choose from various types of frames, including half-rim frames, rimless glasses and full-rim eyeglasses. If the perfect pair is hard to find, narrow down your search by color, shape, style or type. You can even find a color or style to match your dress.

To the Bestest Father Ever

May 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

What’s in the running this year as a more-than-suitable gift for Pops on his specially marked third Sunday of June? Almost as if by traditional mandate, it’s usually around this time, right before the summer starts, that many people begin looking for military watches because they’re such a sure way to wow Dad. But with so much nifty gadgetry going on, how does one go about selecting the coolest watch of all? Maybe you can go with an established favorite — the Traser H3 Watch is one of the finest, most precise, most carefully made mechanisms in the world. We have your Father’s Day gift here! its watch box must surely read.

military watches

And the deets: The special watch uses mb-microtechs Trigalight technology that allows it to originate its own light source with tritium gas electron emission. It’s probably a given that the number of assenting Dads, to the question of who’d enjoy explaining their watch technology to friends and family, could not be counted on a single person’s fingers and toes. Dad will be so proud to have such a unique military watch as only Traser watches use the special illumination technology. So, if you’ve saved your pennies, you have a few more weeks to get your father something that he’ll be proud to wear for decades to come.

Stylish Prescription Glasses at Low Prices

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There is nothing better than finding the perfect pair of prescription glasses that reflect your unique style and help you see. Unless of course you purchase it at an incredibly low price from an online company with top-notch customer service.  We’ve scoured the Web to find the best deals on prescription eyeglasses and struck gold when we discovered ZenniOptical.  

The first thing that impresses up about Zenni is its extensive online catalog.  Zenni offers one of the largest collections of high-quality prescription glasses on the market without sacrificing style. In fact, consumers can choose from the latest materials, shapes and colors to find the perfect pair.

The second major perk when shopping at Zenni is price. The online retailer blew us away with prescription glasses starting at the rock-bottom price of $6! And regardless of which pair you select, you won’t be paying a penny more than $50 because Zenni doesn’t offer anything over that price.  

Finally, we were very impressed by the company’s outstanding customer service. Zenni provides its customers with extended phone and email support along with live chat services. In addition, the website is extremely user-friendly with several articles including an easy-to-read ordering guide, size guide and articles on understanding prescriptions and measuring the papillary distance (PD).

Convinced? Find the perfect pair of prescription glasses at ZenniOptical today.

Contact Information:
http://www.zennioptical.com/contact-us
Phone: 1-800-211-2105

E-mail: service@zennioptical.com

A Virtual Call Center – 4 Ways It Can Help You

November 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: A team of people standing by at a virtual call center can provide you with some big benefits. No matter what type of business you own, a telephone answering service can be a huge asset.

Whether you need a way to provide 24/7 customer support services, or you need someone to answer the phone whenever you cannot, a virtual call center can be a valuable addition to your business.

If you are thinking about getting a telephone answering service – but aren’t sure what it can do for you – consider these 4 ways that it can help you:

1. A virtual receptionist can help you save money

It is expensive to hire a full-time receptionist. But, with a virtual receptionist, you can get someone to answer your calls without hiring a full-time employee.

2. A virtual receptionist can make your business look more professional

You may be in business for yourself, but that doesn’t mean that you want to answer every single call that comes in. By having a virtual receptionist, you can have someone else deal with your calls, so that it looks like you have a full staff. Plus, by not having to deal with every call, you can devote your time to other responsibilities – which can make you look far more professional in the end.

3. A virtual call center can answer customers’ questions anytime, day or night

Having a virtual call center is a great way to offer 24/7 customer support services – without hiring a team of full-time employees to man the phones. And, if you have a way for your customers to get their questions answered 24 hours a day, it goes a long way towards setting you apart from your competitors – and that’s always a good thing!

4. A virtual call center can handle the phones anytime you’re out of touch

Whether it’s the middle of the night, the middle of a holiday weekend, or the middle of your vacation, there are always going to be times when you cannot get to the phone. With a telephone answering service, you do not have to worry about your customers dealing with your voice mail. Instead, they will get to talk to a real-live person, even if you cannot make it to the phone. And, you can even set up your telephone answering service to email, beep, or text you anytime you get a call!