Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The feast you see above was crafted by Mt. Tom's ace, Kate. Bound for her freshman year at Endicott College in just a few days.
I invite you to stop by for a BtS Sundae or feel free to create your own sundae of the week from any one of the other 52 flavors of ice cream, fro-yo, sorbet, sherbet, and gelato we got going. As always, you can check out all the flavors at our website http://www.mttoms.com/ anytime you'd like.
I hope this blog entry finds you happy and hungry for ice cream. Enjoy the long weekend.
See you soon.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A bargain at $9.95 (extra buck for the tye-dyes), and just in time for back-to-school...
Life is Short.
Eat Ice Cream.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Turns out they were just kind folk helping a guy who's day had just gotten a lot worse.
The ambulance arrived after about ten minutes, attended to the poor guy, and everyone went their own separate ways.
That was the last I'd heard of the incident, until I read the letter below, written by the grateful guy. Thought it was worth sharing, in case you didn't see it in today's Hampshire Gazette...
To the editor:
On a recent Saturday afternoon, I headed out to do some errands downtown. As an 87-year-old, I'm pretty set in my ways and routines.
Every Saturday I take my handicapped son out to shop and run errands. On this particular Saturday I needed to stop at Valley Art Supply downtown Easthampton. With downtown being so busy on Saturday these days, parking is a premium. I ended up having to park fairly far away on the same side of the street the store was on.
As I was walking, in front of Mt. Tom ice cream I tripped over my own two feet and ended up sprawling face first on the sidewalk, breaking my nose cutting my face and scraping my hands. It surprised me!
The reason I'm sharing this is to thank the three ladies sitting and enjoying their ice cream who came to my aid. I'm sure the sight of my crash surprised them too!
They helped me up and sat me down in a chair, got me a towel for my bloody nose and face and made sure I was OK. They then called the Easthampton EMTs, who were there before I knew it. They cleaned me up and wanted to know if I wanted them to take me to the hospital. I couldn't because my son was in the car and told them one of my kids could take me.
In a world where rudeness, impatience and ignorance seem to be the rule rather than the exception, people such as these shine brightly and thankfully so.
Fabian J. Korza
On a lighter note, thought I'd share a couple shots from this morning's trip to the farm for a fresh batch of flowers for the tables. I call the first 'bee breakfast buffet'.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I got a great one recently, certainly good for wallowing...
'We really like your ice cream, the photos on the counter, the philosophical sayings, and the old-fashioned, simple feeling of your place. Oh, we also like your prices!'
And here's the best part, and the real reason I wanted to blog about it.
They included a poem...
An old pond,
A frog jumps in,
The sound of water.
- Emma, her mom & dad.
I thought that was pretty cool.
No frog photos (thought a gummy frog shot would ruin the zen moment.), but here are a few images from the week, now that Emma has set the mood...
Hope you get out and enjoy this fine weekend.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Starting a business is difficult. It's stressful, financially fraught with peril, and hugely time-consuming. Success, in my school of knocks opinion, is a delicate mix of the right idea, at the right time, with the right knowledge, and a ton of hard work. It's about doing your homework before you sign anything, be it a lease, P&S, bank loan, or that first credit app. Starting your own business means saying goodbye to that steady paycheck, benefits (although I realize those are fleeting), and a structured work week. Success can bring with it even longer hours and new pressures. Further, failure can put you in a financial hole that could take years to crawl out of. That's why few who dream it actually do it.
Sure, things didn't pan out the way they'd envisioned. But each moves on a little wiser, with a life experience under their belt that no one can ever take away from them. In hindsight, perhaps they would have done a few things differently, but I feel confident to say none regret having put their chips on the table. The memories they've created and the impact they've had on others is truly the reward. Would each love to be contemplating such problems like franchising, second stores, and new product lines? Sure. Do any regret having tried? I doubt it. Mark Schwaber wrote about it in his usual eloquent style here. I think he put it best...
These past 5 years have been remarkable. We've learned more about ourselves, our community and our world than we ever could have if we had chosen another line of work. Not for one second do we regret any decision we've made. We don't consider this venture a failure in any way. Quite the opposite. We feel completely fulfilled. This store has come full circle. It was started (and will finish) with all the love we have to give. It's made our lives together forever enriched. Words fail when it comes to fully communicating our gratitude to all of you who were involved in taking this wonderful journey with us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all.
How's that for not leaving anything on the table.
Rain and shuttered shops be darned, I'm inspired.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
If you didn't experience it, you can read about it here.
Looking out the front windows of the shop when it hit was like being in a car wash. The sky was dark as night. The wind gusted. Rain fell in horizontal sheets. Cottage Street was instantaneously transformed into a white-capped river. It was actually pretty cool. Until one giant bolt of lightning hit just a few blocks away, and the electricity said so long. Plunged into quiet darkness once again. Two days in a row. Guess I picked the wrong summer to quit drinking.
Unlike the night before, it seemed probable that this one would last more than the one hour of its predecessor.
I had actually planned to fire up the gas generator that day, just to make sure it was still working. Turned out, she was called up to the show. No sense just practicing during a real power failure. This was the scene at the end of my street....
There was a similar scene at the other end of the street, and throughout the town.
Check out these photos.
And the pond has turned a pale shade of brown...
Well, the night was a bust, but thanks to my trusty little generator, there were no ice cream casualties to report. Power came back in time to switch everything back, scoop a few late night customers, and call it a night. Phew.
I tried to wave them off, but they seemed determined to plead their case.
Turned out, it was a group of twenty foreign exchangers, from Poland, Columbia, Dominican Republic, and a number of other faraway places. Their 'trip to a local ice cream parlor' had been planned for weeks. They'd each been to the website, picked the flavor they would order, and had even learned how to say 'I'd like a regular Cookie Dough in a cup, please.' in English. The American group leaders had looks of near panic. They asked if they could buy a tub and some cups and spoons. I pondered the situation for a second, but as soon as my mind began to imagine the sight of twenty foreign visitors with ice cream, dodging downed tree limbs and live wires as they walked around the pond in the rain, it was clear I needed to open my door and let them in.
I couldn't go into all the freezers, so basically I hauled out a tub of vanilla and started scooping. After they were all scooped, I wandered back to check on the generator. A few minutes later, I returned to find twenty men and women, from all corners of the globe, each eating a bowl of classic American homemade vanilla ice cream. In the dark. Few were speaking. There were just too many different languages to go around.
It was a little surreal, kindof cool, and came as a nice little respite from the anxiety I felt as I wondered how long Western Mass Electric would be clearing trees off the wires.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
10. Peppermint Stick
9. Chocolate Fudge Brownie
7. Deer Trax
6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
5. Mint Chocolate Chip
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
3. Cake Batter
No major surprises there, except maybe for the strong showing by Cake Batter. I think Cake Batter sales were up last month with the help of a new variation on the flavor... Rainbow Cake Batter, with rainbow sprinkles and rainbow sno-caps.
New and/or interesting flavors this past month... Pistachio Almond, Mojito sorbet, Mudpie (with brownies, oreos, chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows and marshmallow swirl), the return of Lavender, Vanilla Peanut Butter Swirl, Peppermint Fudge, Cantaloupe Sorbet (took a few tries to get the spelling right), and the big hit of the month, and perhaps the summer... Burnt Sugar.
Just bought a pack of Guinness, so you should see a fresh batch of Guinness ice cream in the dipper in a few days...
And stop by to check out the new frosty drink menu... Lime Rickey's, Iced Mochaccinos, Egg Creams, Birthday Party Milkshake, Mt. Tom's-occino... intrigued?
Think I might whip myself up a little coffee shake with a kick (shot of espresso) right now...
See you soon.