Hello from Canada. We finally got started after jumping through many hoops to get licensed in Calgary. We are operating in the downtown core in an area called Stephen Avenue Mall -an outside location. I thought you might want to read a review that was written about us.
Although we have only been operating for a very short time my wife and I have
totally enjoyed all aspects of this business. Your product has been well received with many compliments and the phrase used most often is “very refreshing”.
Children and tourists love getting their pictures taken with their blue and red tongues – its really quite funny to watch.
The cart is amazing and after a full day out in the hot sun we still come back with frozen ice.
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While watching the final hours of the London Summer Olympics on Stephen Ave, I was able to enjoy a somewhat international treat I had only heard about before and is now available on Stephen Avenue.
While I have had all manner of Popsicles, sno-cones, sorbets, gelatos, and ice
creams, I had never in my 26 years had an Italian ice. Described as being half way between gelato and a sno-cone, Italian ice is a staple of the summertime in cities like New York and New jersey, where a historically dense Italian population gave rise to the treat. Sold either from trucks or push-cart,
the treat has a long history of delighting children on boardwalks, playground, and sporting events.
In addition to being the top frozen treat on the eastern seaboard, Italian Ices have the fortunate distinction of being free of dairy, fat, cholesterol and high fructose corn syrup. That’s right, for those who are sensitive to dairy, or are watching their cholesterol can rest a littler easier knowing that there is a delicious way to beat that heat, that won’t set your stomach in to a tizzy.
The ices come in several flavours including Cherry, Lemon, Blue Raspberry and Green Apple and tou should be able to spot anyone who’s tried these delicious treats on Stephen Avenue by their distinctively brightly coloured tongues like our hosts Victoria and Nicola shown above.
Keep an eye out for Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice on Stephen Avenue (8th ave
between Olympic Plaza and 3rd street SW) for the rest of the summer!
Bringing smiles back to Athens, one scoop at a time.
That’s the business plan of eight-year-old Jack Henry Barrett, who opened up an Italian ice cart in Teaoga Square in Athens Borough last week with the help of his father, Ed Barrett Jr.
Jack Frost Ice, which features Little Jimmy’s Italian ice products, came about after the Barretts – including Jack’s mother Deanna, who owns the nearby Urban Connection salon – wanted to find another way to bring people back to the recovering business district hit hard by flooding in September. It seems to be working, Ed Barrett said.
“So far, it’s been a great response,” he said, adding that the business already has “a lot of repeat customers in such a short time” since the stand opened for business last Wednesday.
Jack “has been a businessman since he could count change,” Barrett said. With the help of his father, family friend Mary Johnston and other adults, Jack scoops the ice, stocks supplies and keeps the stand clean.
The Barretts decided to purchase a Little Jimmy’s italian ice cart because of its low overhead and to fill a need left open this summer with the fate of nearby D and R Ice Cream in question after the flood, Barrett said. The Athens borough council granted the Barretts permission to serve the frozen treats in the square last week.
The stand will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, weather permitting, Barrett said. The Barretts plan to serve ice during the square’s special events, including the borough’s special concert series. The cart may also travel to other locations, such as the farmer’s market held on Fridays in Howard Elmer Park in Sayre, Barrett said.
The cart can hold four flavors at a time, Barrett said, with the varieties changing daily. The stand also sells a selection of miniature Major League Baseball team helmets that can be refilled with ice throughout the season at a discount, he said.
Flavors range from the traditional – blueberry, cherry, chocolate – to fruit flavors, bubble gum and root beer.
“There’s a flavor for everyone,” Barrett said.
Review Photo/Amanda Renko Jack Henry Barrett, 8, is operating Jack Frost Ice in Athens’ Teaoga Square with the help of his father, Ed Barrett Jr.Google+
Temperatures climbed into the mid- and upper-90s today in New Jersey, prompting city and school officials to take precautions against the heat.
Some schools ended classes at noon today, including the North Plainfield School District where officials decided to shorten school today and Thursday, said Marilyn Birnbaum, district superintendent.
“I know yesterday people were very happy that we made that decision. I think people really stress out over the heat,” she said shortly before classes let out today. Newark issued a heat advisory today and advised people to seek air-conditioned shelter during the day’s hottest hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The city set up several cooling centers for residents to take refuge from the heat. “I urge our senior citizens and Newark residents who lack air conditioning to come to one of our cooling centers, where they can find relief during this hot spell,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said in a news release. The reason for these unseasonably high temperatures is a high-pressure system that’s sitting over much of the Eastern United States. Other systems aren’t moving through, meaning the heat lingers. Thursday will see similarly high temperatures throughout the state, and some cities will climb close to 99 degrees, said Lauren Nash, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “But Friday we’ll get a break — it’ll be 90,” Nash said. Libraries and community center in Woodbridge and Perth Amboy became cooling centers today as municipal leaders sought was to cool off their residents, and head off any health problems from the near-record breaking heat. In Woodbridge, town officials said residents could escape the heat in eight air-conditioned buildings, including the community center, four libraries, senior centers and town hall. Any residents without air condition or transportation should call the Division on Aging “Beat the Heat” program at (732) 855-0600, ext. 5023, or the township police at (732) 634-7700 for assistant. The township is loaning fans to senior or disabled residents without access to cooling devices. In Perth Amboy, the Jankowski Community Center on 1 Olive Street, and the city library at 196 Jefferson St, will be open until 5 p.m., and the gymnasium at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA at 357 New Brunswick Ave. will be open until 9:45 p.m. Residents can get information about the centers by calling (732) 826-0290, ext 4006. Newark cooling sites: Bethany Senior Center — (973) 733-5739
275 W. Market Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103 Friendly Senior Center — (973) 733-5748
89 Lincoln Street, Box 2H
Newark, New Jersey 07103 Grace West Senior Center — (973) 733-5740
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301 Irvine Turner Boulevard
Newark, New Jersey 07108 Ironbound Senior Center — (973) 424-4101
138 Clifford Street
Newark, New Jersey 07105 Nellie Grier Senior Center — (973) 424-4096
98-104 Maple Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07112
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. South Ward Senior Center — (973) 424-4102
731 Clinton Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07108
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Newark Department of Child & Family Well-Being — (973) 733-7592
110 William Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102 Ironbound Recreational Facility — (973) 733-3707
226 Rome Street
11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays Boylan Recreation Center — (973) 733-8947
16 South Orange Ave.
11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays JFK Center — Gym: (973) 733-5483, Aquatic Center: (973) 733-6550
211 West Kinney St.
9:30am to 7:30pm, Tuesdays through Fridays
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays St. Peter’s Recreation Center — (973) 733- 8006
378 Lyons Avenue
11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays Woodbridge Township cooling centers
Residents are urged to contact the Municipal facility to determine hours of operation. • Woodbridge Community Center at the YMCA, 600 Main Street, Woodbridge: (732) 596-4170 • Evergreen Senior Center, 400 Inman Avenue, Colonia: (732) 382-5545 • Community Center (Building 20) at the Bunns Lane Housing Development, Bunns Lane, (732) 634-2750) • Woodbridge Main Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza: (732) 634-4450 • Fords Branch Library, 211 Ford Avenue: (732) 726-7071 • Henry Inman Branch Library (Colonia), 607 Inman Avenue: (732) 726-7072 • Iselin Branch Library, 1081 Green Street, Iselin: (732) 726-7073 • Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza: (732) 855-0600 x5023 • Woodbridge Town Hall, One Main Street: (732) 634-4500 By Abram Brown and Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger
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Excerpt: “At the South of the James Market at Forest Hill Park, Mark Abernathy from Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice of Carytown served the masses. It was the busiest day all season, and by noon, Abernathy had already sold more than 125 ices.
Sydnee Voigt, who is visiting her grandchildren from Brazil, was among his customers. Pina colada and watermelon ices went to the kids. “We’re just going to spend Labor Day together as a family,” Voigt said.
As for Abernathy, his plan after work: Head down to his boat on the Chesapeake Bay.”
EMILY C. DOOLEY TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Published: September 6, 2009
All manner of vendor varieties set up shop at Ypsilanti Township’s Lakeshore Family Festival over the Fourth of July weekend, but perhaps none were younger than those from the Ypsilanti Boys Preparatory Academy.
During Friday afternoon, 10-year-old Keyshaun Wyatt-Morris and 11-year-old Amir Osborn sold Italian Ice from a “Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices” cart the school had bought, which the students were running with guidance from their headmaster, Lawrence Hood.
The business is a small part of an unconventional school curriculum which Hood, and those parents who send their children to the school, believe is giving their kids an edge on education as they grow up.
“This helps show them what it means to be in business for themselves,” Hood said of the Italian Ice cart.
Osborn said it his first taste of a real world operation, and he is learning a lot from it.
“You have got to be professional with people,” Osborn said.
The school first opened its doors two years ago inside the Ypsilanti Free Methodist Church, but has since moved to a new building on Walnut Street where 50 kids in the preschool through seventh-grade ages are now enrolled.
“Our parents really love the program,” Hood, who has only used word of mouth as marketing and advertising, said. “To go from five students to 50 students in a couple years with no advertising kind of speaks for itself. We don’t cater to one type of student – some of our students are at-risk and some are gifted and talented. We have the whole gamut, and our at risk students have had great success.”
Wyatt-Morris said he saw his grades go from B’s and C’s in public schools to A’s and B’s at the Ypsilanti Boys Preparatory Academy because the classes are more engaging.
“We really go above and beyond what they teach in other schools,” he said. “We have karate class instead of gym…classes that show what makes a man.”
Students dress in a shirt and tie, take karate instead of physical education to learn more about self-discipline, take piano lessons, and Osborn and Wyatt-Morris wrote their own business plans before applying what they learned to the real world with their Italian Ice operation.
Students also prepare themselves for the future in an intensive digital arts program that includes graphic design, video editing and music production.
The six-week “Passports To Manhood” through the Boys and Girls’ Club immersed the students in the digital arts, and Hood believes his students have received valuable preparation for growing fields.
“It’s a pretty unique program,” he said and added that it was such a success that it will be part of the curriculum for the next school year.
Students at the Academy also participate in community service programs once week. In a program through the University of Michigan, students visit with elderly people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and do arts and crafts and music classes.
“It goes really, really well,” Hood said.
The students get their fair share of math, science and reading, but Hood believes it’s the delivery that affords them an opportunity to blossom where a traditional environment may not.
“Some students who come here have behavior problems, but once they get here their setting is really different and expectations are different and they respond really well,” Hood said. “The lessons are designed as a more hands-on approach, and with them being engaged in activity and learning throughout the day we see less opportunity for outbursts.
“Basically, they’re learning everything they need to know to become successful young men.”
For more information, contact Lawrence Hood at 1-734-330-4466.
Tom Perkins is a freelance writer for the View/Courier. He can be reached at email@example.com.Google+
Interesting report from Minnesota Public Radio…reminds me that Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice has never used corn syrup in our Italian Ices and never will… we have been using pure cane sugar in our Italian ices now for close to 75 years!
Click here to read the story and listen to their recent radio report -Google+
Out of the 12 listed we are the only Italian Ice mentioned in the AOL list, so I guess that makes us #1 in terms of Italian Ice- what do you think?
Columbus Ohio –When Michael Showalter’s parents asked him to earn money toward college, they had in mind an after-school job. But Michael started a small business, Guiseppe’s Italian Ice, which quickly turned a profit. He then used his business’s success story to win the McKelvey Foundation’s $40,000 college scholarship, awarded to student entrepreneurs.
Guiseppe’s Italian Ice operates out of pop-up tents, dishing up traditional Italian Ice to tired, thirsty fairgoers at festivals and outdoor events. Showalter buys the product from Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice in New Jersey, where it’s manufactured according to a century-old family recipe. “It’s healthier than most desserts, especially stuff that you find at a festival. One of the reasons I sell this brand is it does not have high-fructose corn syrup,” said Showalter. Popular flavors are lemon, blue raspberry, watermelon and cherry. From time to time, the menu also features pina colada, chocolate, grape and green apple Italian ice.
His enterprise, named after his father, began a year ago with an initial investment of $14,000. He recouped those startup costs handily, and in fact, broke even. Soon, Giuseppe’s began adding employees. With eight workers and two tents, Showalter has invested another $20,000 to expand his market–next year, Giuseppe’s Italian Ice will be sold in both Ohio and Michigan.
Showalter demonstrated true entrepreneurial grit, planning and executing a business that could have taken a lifetime to build, in just a matter of months. “It’s been real fun so I keep doing it,” said Showalter. “But it’s been a lot more work than I thought it would be originally, that’s for sure.”
Like most entrepreneurs, he is constantly expanding his funding horizon, and never shies from opportunity. The McKelvey Entrepreneurial e-scholarship could have been designed for Michael Showalter—it was created in 2006 to relieve the burden of debt many students face after graduation.
The Entrepreneurial Scholarship is offered by the McKelvey Foundation to high school students who start their own businesses or nonprofit agencies. The foundation’s founder is Andy McKelvey, who started his own first business selling eggs at age 14, and went on to found several successful businesses, the largest of which evolved into the online employment ad giant, Monster.com. The McKelvey Foundation currently supports over 600 students achieving a better future.
Showalter graduated from high school this year, and isn’t yet sure what his major will be at the University of Michigan. But he is sure about how he’ll earn his income–he’ll continue selling Guiseppe’s Italian Ice at festivals, fairs, and public events.
There are many more resources about entrepreneurial scholarships when you do a search in Google.
Here are some that I found rather quickly: