Nothing Says Summer To Me Like Thrifty Ice Cream

I just learned that Albertson’s is buying Thrifty ice cream. Growing up in Sacramento we used to get Thrifty ice cream all the time. You walked into the Thrifty Drug Store and immediately on your left there was an ice cream counter (and a water fountain). If you wanted to go into the drug store, you actually had to go through a turn-stile. I can remember getting my allowance of ten cents every Friday (yes I got an allowance for doing chores – which will probably be another blog post someday about the parents that are ruining our country by not having their children to chores, but we’ll save that for another day… where was I… oh, yes) my brother and I would get our allowance and walk to Thrifty with dad and/or mom and blow a whole week’s allowance on a “double-dip” (a single was five cents and you guessed it, a triple was fifteen). The serving implement was this special scoop that you only saw at Thrifty and it made each scoop into an almost perfect cylinder.

At some point, that drug store closed and I did not run into a Thrifty, anywhere for many years afterwards. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was driving down Durango and this gas station advertised that they had Thrifty ice cream. Was it THE Thrifty? And if so, how? I stopped and went inside and it WAS the real Thrifty ice cream; with the real scoop. Since that magical day, I have run into probably 6 or 7 other places that serve it, and I have shared this wonderful treat with people I care about. I remember going into a place that advertised Thrifty ice cream and when I ordered my treat, the man pulled out a regular ice cream scoop – I stopped him and asked him where the cylinder scoop was and he said it was too expensive… saddened, I told him I did not want the ice cream. I know that’s silly, but this was the ice cream of my childhood and every other place in Las Vegas that I had found it used the nostalgic scoop. There’s just something warm and fuzzy for me about cylindered scoops of Thrifty ice cream for me. I think we all have things like that… at least I hope we all do!

According to Burt Flickinger, managing director of Strategic Resource Group – a retail consulting firm, “Thrifty ice cream is the greatest power brand that any drugstore has created anywhere across America,” No matter what’s happened to the retailer over the years, the brand has always been a key foundation for the ongoing viability of Rite Aid because of the tremendous loyalty to Thrifty.”

This past February Albertsons Cos. owner of grocery chains including Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway announced that it would be acquiring Rite Aid and part of the purchase will include the Thrifty barman as well as the El Monte factory where the ice cream is made.

A Rite Aid executive said this week that Albertsons plans to keep the Thrifty brand alive and will sell the ice cream in its grocery stores. Thrifty ranks among Los Angeles’ longest-standing junk-food icons. The name has been displayed proudly on storefronts since 1929, when brothers Harry and Robert Borun and their brother-in-law, Norman Levin, opened the first Thrifty drugstore at 4th Street and South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.  Over the years Thrifty grew into the largest drugstore chain on the West Coast.

Albertsons already sells ice cream under its own private-label brands, including Signature Select and Lucerne. But there seems to be room for one more store brand — if that brand is Thrifty.  “Albertsons is buying Rite Aid to increase customer frequency,” said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles investment banker. “People come in for a prescription and it gives them the opportunity to sell other products. Thrifty is another reason to come into the store.”

I can’t wait to see the Thrifty brand being sold at all the Albertsons stores and I want the people from other areas of the country that never heard of Thrifty to try their ice cream – and find their own experience with this glorious product – WARNING you might get hooked.

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Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

 

Please Support The Third Annual Super Summer Gala Under the Stars

Super Summer Gala
Click the bit.ly link below to register for this amazing event or to bid on a role

This Sunday, May 20, starting at 6 p.m. is the Third Annual Gala supporting the incredible Super Summer Theatre, which has been providing Las Vegas residents with top quality amateur theater for over 40 years!  This year they are honoring a founding board member Carolyn Sparks.  The event will be held at their outdoor theater at Spring Mountain State Park.

Sparks is a lifelong resident of Clark County and involved with many, varied humanitarian efforts for the community. She was an original board member of the Super Summer Theater and has served on the boards of Southern Nevada Best Coalition, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Nevada Ballet to name a few.

I feel that keeping cultural events nurtured is important in Las Vegas and 100% of the funds raised at the Gala remain in Southern Nevada to help continue bringing affordable, high-quality productions for our theatre-loving residents to enjoy.

There is a bidding part of the Gala when you can bid on roles in “Wizard of Oz” as well as remarkable donated auction items at the event (or on-line).  If you ever wanted to be a good witch, a wicked witch, a tin man, a lion, a scarecrow, a little girl from Kansas named Dorothy or even a Wizard you’ll have your chance at the Gala’s “Casting Auction”. Top bidder’s get all of the roles, not the director’s sister (unless she is the top bidder). To attend the Gala, or just donate click this link; http://bit.ly/2rHPxxT

This year the Super Summer Theatre is presenting 5 great productions –
Big Fish in May & June
She Loves Me in June & July
Peter Pan & The Wizard of Oz in August
Pirates of Penzance in September (I will be in the cast for this one)

You can go to https://supersummertheatre.org for dates and times. If you can’t make it to the gala (or even if you can), make sure you get out there this summer and see a great show or 2 (or 5)

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Downtown Summerlin Is A Destination For Restaurants. Retail Stores, Entertainment And More

Downtown Summerlin held its grand opening on October 9, 2014 and the west side of the Las Vegas Valley has not been the same, since.  It sits on 400-acres and has something for everyone.

Constellation At Downtown Summerlin is a 124 unit gated apartment development that is part of Downtown Summerlin.  So is Red Rock Hotel and Casino, City National Arena, the team headquarters and practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights and home rink of the UNLV Skatin’ Rebels. In 2019, Downtown Summerlin will be home to the Las Vegas 51s at the new Las Vegas Ballpark.

Do you love to shop?  This is the place – there is a flagship Dillard’s and a Macy’s and a plethora of boutiques for women, men, children, home and artwork.  Plus a few eclectic stores and shops for cosmetics, eyewear, Trader Joe’s and the only Apple store in Las Vegas that is not on Las Vegas Boulevard.

There are so many restaurants – you can eat anything from a hamburger or taco to a five star meal in beautiful settings.  Many of these eateries are kid-friendly. If you are meeting friends for a drink you can choose from dozens of places and several have outdoor spaces.  Go to https://www.downtownsummerlin.com/directory.html for a list of eateries.

Downtown Summerlin is also home to an incredible movie complex that offers food and cocktails as well as reclining spacious luxurious chairs.  There is also a Farmer’s Market every Saturday and special entertainment events throughout the year like beer festivals in the spring or ice skating outdoors during the winter holiday season – you can sign up for notifications at http://summerlin.com/stay-in-touch.

Want to work close to home?  There soon will be two office towers in Downtown Summerlin.  One Summerlin is finished and has many companies leasing office space already and Two Summerlin is almost finished.  How great to work five or ten minutes from where you live and walk out of work and be in the middle of so much activity.

Do you need commercial space?  Ready to buy or sell a home?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Thursday May 10 is RED Day, a Day of Giving Back

RED Day should not be confused with Red Nose Day.  RED Day stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. It’s a day where Keller Williams associates around the world spend the day away from their business serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities.

A few years ago Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas decided they would serve the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) on RED Day.  Did you know that there are 7,000 homeless youths on the streets of Las Vegas on any given day?  Shocking I know – I was stunned by that number.

Many of the kids who find themselves on the street will go to a Terrible Herbst (any of the many) in Las Vegas where there is a sign saying “safe place”.  The workers at Terrible Herbst will call the NPHY and the “at risk” teen will be picked up and taken to the intake center and given a meal and a toothbrush or other necessities.  They also have counselors and social workers to speak with the teen and evaluate them. In this same location, these teens can get help from tutors so they can keep up with their education.  Also they can get medical or dental aid through the program or just drop by when they need some food.  The mission is to keep at risk teens from falling through the cracks and committing crimes, doing drugs or get swept up in prostitution.

The NPHY has a few residences they maintain for kids that are trying to become more stable.  Keller Williams Las Vegas helps with upgrades and repairs to these homes to make them livable spaces.  Replace fixtures, fix and repair lighting and pipes in the kitchens and baths and even provide bedding and dishes to the homes.  If you are a builder or someone who has access to building materials and are willing to donate to this admirable cause – (or even give a good discount) please reach out to me at 702 SELL NOW (702-735-5669)!

Would you do me a favor? Yes, you! If every person reading this blog would go to my business FB page (https://www.facebook.com/HowardTeamLV/) and donate $1 to our RED Day fundraiser, it will go a long way towards our goal to help the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

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Commercial Real Estate Is Moving In A Positive Direction In Las Vegas

Look around the Las Vegas Valley, strip malls have more retail spaces filled (just a few years ago they were vacant).  The Boulevard Mall has converted space for offices that were once retail stores. The conversion of retail spaces in the mall to call centers has been very successful largely due to amenities in the mall and readily available parking.  In Downtown Summerlin the second office tower (Two Summerlin) is well on the way to be completed with lots of interest in available spaces.

Daniel Palmeri, senior director at Cushman and Wakefield stated “We’re kind of seeing a westward movement of companies looking to be in Summerlin or the west side of town.” Brian Gordon, principal at Applied Analysis, stated “The general feel is that the economy is remaining relatively healthy, and we’ve moved beyond the effects of the past downturn and looked more toward growth in the future.”

We are seeing a lot of new segments being added to the Las Vegas economy – Major League sports, the tech industry and an increase in tourism. The Golden Knights have already made an impact on the economy and the commercial real estate market.  There are more retail stores thriving around the T-Mobile Arena and adding employment opportunities.  The Raiders will be in Las Vegas by 2020 and more retail and office space will be filled by their employees.

The tech market has seen an increased local presence of national companies, as well as the acquisitions of local startup companies. This has made Las Vegas a credible hub for technology companies with more opportunity for upward movement for local tech talent and a good reason for more tech talent to move here.

Current Las Vegas market trends data indicates an increase of +2.8% in the median asking price per sq ft for office properties compared to the prior 3 months, the current median price of $176 per square foot in Las Vegas.  In the industrial market the median price is now $118 per square foot and retail space prices are still rising at a slower pace.

Do you need commercial space? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

The Symbiotic Relationship Between The Golden Knights And The City Of Las Vegas

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Before October 2017 the hockey world was waiting to see the new expansion team The Las Vegas Golden Knights.  It’s now six months later and Las Vegas is rejoicing – not only is the team on the road to the Stanley Cup in its first year (a first in hockey) – the team has won the hearts of fans all over the Las Vegas Valley.

The members of the Golden Knights give back to the community with charitable works and special appearances at all sorts of events. Through the Golden Knights Foundation, the team, coaches and staff support Las Vegas non-profits that make a difference every day. These funds come from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, signature events, in-game programs, and merchandise sales. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are the first professional major league sports team in our city and they embrace their duty to strengthen and inspire our community – and have succeeded – the residents of Las Vegas LOVE “their Knights”.

vegasknights on the ice

The fans can watch the Golden Knights practice at the City National Arena in Summerlin. The Knights have “ice time” practice most days from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. and it’s free and open to the public.  For more information contact City National Arena guest services.

The fans at the practices are so pumped up they fuel the team and the team is so in touch with the fans  – all that energy ends up with winning games for the fans and team alike.  This year has truly been remarkable and it’s not over yet. I am so smitten – I just got season tickets for next season! See you at the game!”

Second round of playoff games started this week – so channel your energy to the team and we will see how far the Golden Knights go – can you say “Stanley Cup”?

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Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Ridgebrook 4th Annual Garage Sale – Saturday April 28

 

The community of Ridgebrook is having their 4th Annual Garage Sale on Saturday April 28 from 8 a.m. until noon.  Unlike some parts of this country, we are in the middle of spring in the Las Vegas Valley – spring cleaning is well underway and that means lots and lots of great stuff will be for sale – COME AND GET A GREAT DEAL!!!!

A good garage sale has two important components – one: great merchandise and two: lots of people looking for a great deal.  Well we have incredible diverse items to buy! That means you have to come to Ridgebrook.  Driving here is easy. From Town Center, take Desert Inn west, go over the 215 and take the first left.  There will be a park with kids handing out maps of homes that have great stuff for sale.

The Village of Ridgebrook is one of the smaller villages that are part of the award winning master-planned community of Summerlin and located near the Ridges.  There are four beautiful neighborhoods in Ridgebrook that circle a lovely park.  There is Echo Ridge, Granite Peaks, Sunset Ridge and Southstar.  The area is family-friendly and located close to the 215 Beltway – so you can get anywhere in the valley quickly.  Ridgebrook is also very near Downtown Summerlin – a retail, restaurant and entertainment destination.  Plus home of the Golden Knights training facility (they love when fans come to cheer then on when they are training).

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Have an amazing day………Jeff