Ice Cream Shop Mixes It Up (With Video)

Stop Into Cold Stone Creamery For a Personalized Warm-Weather Treat — Complete With a Smile and a Song

Working the counter at Cold Stone Creamery in Riverview Center, Day McDonald, 20, of Moodus says he's not really a singer. But his a cappella rendition of Adele's "Someone Like You," prompted by a handful of coins placed in the tip jar, might lead you to think differently.

To be a notch above other ice cream parlors is the focus of the franchise and it's especially true of Middetown's Cold Stone, owned since 2006 by Priscilla Harnesk, who regularly holds fundraisers for local causes, including breast and other cancers.

Today McDonald is adding the personal touch, "served with a spoon and a smile," he says, to a Founder's Favorite, a decadent mixture of sweet cream ice cream with brownie, pecans, caramel and fudge sauces. All flavors are made fresh daily, McDonald says, with the sweet cream flavor as a base for all except chocolate.

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WENDY Black-Nasta March 19, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Cold Stone Creamery here in Middletown, as well as Priscilla and her crew are THE BEST!!
Jeff March 20, 2011 at 08:33 PM
I like Cold Stone, I was shocked and surprised by a report that I saw on CNBC about Cold Stone. Before the program, I had always thought of Cold Stone as a quality company. But that program accused Cold Stone of taking kickbacks, bankrupting and intimidating franchise owners and more. I’m surprised they can get away with some of the things their franchise owners accuse them of. It’s all over the internet. I can no longer support Cold Stone after watching that program.
Priscilla Harnesk April 02, 2011 at 06:00 PM
David, I admire your desire to help the "little guy". Should you truly want to help the underdog, patronize your local Cold Stone Creamery. There are very few corporate owned Cold Stone Creameries. We are individually owned, small business owners. There are some issues with Cold Stone Creamery that a Franchisee group and Corporate are working on to resolve. There have already been some changes made. To boycott the company in this economy would be ruinous to the local Franchisees that you want to support. Cold Stone is a great product. Let the Franchisees and Corporate work out their differences.


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