First there was Black Friday, then came Cyber Monday but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone - from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally - to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. American Express started the Shop Small movement in an effort to support these local places that make our communities strong. They launched Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, hoping to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.
In Pleasanton, there are over 3,500 small businesses that employ more than 32,000 people collectively. Supporting these businesses is a critical component of restoring and rebuilding a healthy economy. Let's support small businesses by shopping small on November 25. Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting an Open House in historic Downtown Pleasanton with free photos with Santa at Museum on Main located at 603 Main Street from 10am - 1pm. Over 30 downtown merchants will be participating in this all day event by offering special discounts on shopping, dining and services. Balloons, stickers, shopping bags, pet bandanas, pens and more will be given to lucky customers throughout the day as a thank you for supporting local businesses.
"When we support our local businesses by shopping here in Pleasanton, our sales tax dollars stay in the community. For every $100 spent, $46 stays here based on an independent retail study conducted a few years ago," said Lisa Adamos, City of Pleasanton Economic Development Specialist. Show your support when you shop in Pleasanton on November 25. Take a selfie at your favorite business, tag the business plus #inPleasantonCA, #downtownpleasanton, #pleasanton and share them with #shopsmallpleasanton. Let's make November 25 the Biggest Day of the Year for small businesses in Pleasanton! ... [ Read More ]
By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer
If you’ve spent any time walking along Main Street since March, it’s very likely that you’ve seen a long line stretching from Downtown Pleasanton’s go-to stop for a sweet treat: Icicles
. The unique dessert shop located on Division Street has enthralled locals with its selection of exciting and delectable ice cream bowls and ice cream tacos, but this isn’t your average scoop. Icicles only serves rolled ice cream.
The inspiration for Icicles came from founders Lit Leong and Lynda Huynh who saw street vendors in Bangkok crafting fresh rolled ice cream on frozen pans. They brought the idea back to the US to open the very first Icicles store in San Jose in 2016 where the dessert rocketed into popularity, leading to new stores in Cupertino, Newark, San Mateo, and our very own Pleasanton. The Instagram-worthy dishes are made from a simple base of cream, milk, eggs, and sugar, which is mixed with additional ingredients like fruit, cereal, and cookies depending on which of the fourteen flavors is chosen. The base is spread onto an ice-cold pan until it has frozen and then rolled up into seven spirals that are carefully fit into a bowl. From there, the ice cream can be topped with a variety of drizzles and an unlimited amount of the over fifteen tasty toppings that range from roasted marshmallows to bananas and mochi bits. The Icicles staff says that Oreo Blast and Strawberry Fantasy are the current most popular flavors offered, but that choosing less toppings is the best way to fully enjoy the smooth texture and bold flavors of the ice creams themselves.
Since its opening, Icicles has attracted a wide variety of fans. “Icicles is definitely well-loved by everyone, from young children to seniors,” Icicles employee Sem Leong shared. The store, which is particularly popular with students from Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton Middle School who can walk over after classes, is busiest in the evening until closing and on weekends. Sem explained that Icicles is so busy because it’s the only rolled ice cream joint around and patrons appreciate the positive environment in which employees strive “to be better at each and every roll.” But don’t let the long lines scare you away. Icicles has a large and efficient staff and each bowl only takes a couple of minutes to be made right before your eyes. For $7 plus tax, you can get a large serving of gourmet ice cream customized to your liking and a fun Benihana-style dessert experience unlike anything else Pleasanton has to offer.
is located at 600 Main Street, Suite F and open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.
www.iciclescreamroll.com (925) 399-8153 ... [ Read More ]
A brand new event is coming to Downtown Pleasanton
which is sure to be every foodies dream come true! FORKFUL
is on Saturday, September 9 from 3-6pm. Come join in an evening of culinary delight with a unique self-paced tasting experience which will allow guests to stroll through downtown and visit 15 participating dining locations to taste their perfect forkful of deliciousness. An added highlight are complimentary adult beverage tastings along the way. This new event will expose guests to the amazing culinary landscape that downtown Pleasanton has to offer.
“Forkful is something we have been dreaming of for over a year and we are so excited to bring this unique culinary event to Downtown Pleasanton. We have an incredible array of restaurants here – some new, some well-established - and we think Forkful is a wonderful way to give people a taste of what dining in Downtown Pleasanton is all about, “ says Pleasanton Downtown Association Executive Director Laura Olson.
Tickets are $50 and are now on sale online HERE
. Guests must be 21 and over to participate and the event is on, rain or shine with no refunds. FORKFUL goers check in at Museum on Main located at 603 Main Street beginning at 2:30-4pm. Cheers to Pleasanton Downtown Association and Alameda County Fair Fall Horse Racing for sponsoring this unique offering in Pleasanton!
Pleasanton Downtown Association
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