Rolled Ice Cream fad

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  1. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very old®

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    As a landlord I had the choice of tenants about 5 years ago between a fro-yo store and a sprint store....The fro-yo store offered a dollar more per square foot but I choose the Sprint store who is still a tenant meanwhile the fro-yo store went out of business 3 years ago.

    While the costs of starting one of these rolled ice cream stores is minimal....I don't see people paying $7 for this as a long term thing and not just another fad.
     
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    Tried it once.. tasty, but also don't understand the cost or really the novelty since beyond the rolling, it isn't different from what Cold Stone has been doing. I didn't understand Cold Stone much, either, though.. if I'm buying ice cream prepared it's going to be soft serve or custard, or has to be a truly unique flavor. But you can get all kinds of hard pack at the grocery store so that is a high bar to clear.

    Anecdotally to my point, the nearby Cold Stone location has closed after ~10 years (as have several others). The custard place has been there 60+ years...
     
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    We really old people remember the workers at Steve's Ice Cream (3900 block of Walnut--were there other locations?) mixing in the mix-ins on a marble slab, the ice cream fad of the '80s.
     
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    Nothing can touch the quality and uniqueness of Gapogiro...
     
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    Is that where ColdStone got their idea?
     
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    Looks like yes, per wikipedia:
    Cold Stone Creamery - Wikipedia
     
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    Unless I'm missing something, I don't see a Philadelphia connection, other than that Steve's at some point opened a Philly location. Steve's was founded in Massachusetts.

    Steve's Ice Cream - Wikipedia
     
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    Did I miss Massachusetts?? I didn't see it in your selected quote from Wiki, and I guess I should have gone to the actual link. Or my eyes have gotten really bad!
     
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    Does anyone remember Hilary's from the 1970's at 20th and Chestnut? I think they started the whole mix-in thing.

    I tried rolled ice cream once. I thought the texture was odd.
     
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    I remember there were at least 3 or 4 Hilary's locations in Center City, through the early or mid-80s, and then poof, they disappeared.
     
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    Rolled ice cream. Get it while its hot.
     
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    Yes, there were. The original was at 20th and Chestnut though.
     

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