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Hot night, long lines for ice cream

Original post made on Jun 28, 2013

Fans of the ice cream sandwich and other frozen treats waited up to an hour or more on Thursday night outside of Cream, Palo Alto's newest ice cream shop on University Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 28, 2013, 9:35 AM

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

I've enjoyed seeing all the young people out there, although I'm curious to know if they are from Palo Alto and also from elsewhere.


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

My kids said the cookies are extremely sweet, and if you don't eat it fast enough, the cold ice cream makes the cookie hard.
They are not fans, and won't go back. Sticking to Baskin Robbins and Ricks!!


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Posted by GD
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

Was it really necessary to note that the woman had "blonde" hair? How about telling us the color of her eyes too?


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Posted by KK
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

These ice cream sandwiches are the BEST, so delicious! I dunno about waiting an hour but I have waited like 15 minutes, totally worth it.


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Posted by Old Grump
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

Look on the bright side, GD. At least the blonde had enough sense not to wait in line for an hour.


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Posted by Alpha Centauri
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

@KP:
Maybe they pointed out that she was blonde to contradict the stereotype about blondes being dumb? After all, she figured out it was dumb to stand in line that long? Maybe?


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Posted by rented
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

they said blonde because visual cues are the silicon valley culture. everyone profiles, poor, race identity, ''blonde''' asian, indian, techie, laborer. boxes little boxes. outside features are all people think about.....''blonde''.....


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Posted by Tish
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

I saw one of these in Berkeley, the line was ALWAYS long, but I really wanted to try it, so now I can, Yay!


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Posted by TimH
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

As people say, everything old is new again. I agree, with proviso that "everything" doesn't necessarily happen all at once, nor does it occur in unison. Remember the ice cream sales wars on University in the 1980's? Further down the El at evil T&C, Edy's was still better than the rest. Enjoy!


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Posted by Just so-so
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

must be the hype, but I'm not impressed. cookies are too sweet, ice cream is just ok. lines, not so much. I suppose it's worth a try once to see for yourself. I'll pass.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I admire people w/the wherewithal to wait that long for dessert. I snuck off to a nice office park w/a pond for a dog walk last night, hoping - & failing - to catch a breeze. Anticipating the heat, a few days ago I baked some delicious shortbread-type cookies, perfect w/iced coffee or tea.

Not that anyone wants to bake in this weather, but this article is a reminder that it's easy & fun to make these treats at home - but it sounds like Cream's prices are low.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

The draw is the social interaction. The alternative is a quart and a half of Dreyers mint chocolate chip on sale for $3.99 at Safeway and porking out alone in front of the TV.


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Posted by ice cream & fro yo
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

There have been SO many ice cream or fro yo or gelato or whatever places over the years. This sounds totally overhyped. Well, a fool and his or her money are soon parted.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Never fails. Bash away. It's the Palo Alto sport.

How about this - I hope they succeed and remain a viable business in our city. Folks - PA gets sales tax income on ice cream...just sayn'.


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Posted by Paly Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

That was formerly a Swensen's Ice Cream Shop and we used to go upstairs to the balcony to eat. Is the balcony open to the public or did they rope off the stairs?


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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I am surprised we have not heard the following complaints:
- too much traffic
- parking issues in neighborhoods adjacent to downtown
- the store being open until 2am
-- the long Lines hindering access to other businesses
- the store looks ugly ( too modern)
- that university avenue was so wonderful years ago


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Posted by Yexchhh
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Too sweet, too hard too yucky, too long to wait....'Nuff said?


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Posted by g
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Are they INSANE!


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Posted by Amazed
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

This makes no GD sense. Completely baffled at why people would wait an hour in line for ice cream. I really thought they must have been giving their proceeds to a trendy cause or something. Or maybe there's cocaine in the ice cream. There's no explanation for this that I can see. Magical sigils?


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

I hope that it was a great ice cream sandwich if people were willing to wait over an hour for it!

I waited for over an hour yesterday at the new "Dickey's Barbeque Pit" in Mountain View yesterday (on N. Shoreline). I was weary by how long we stood in line for lunch at the Grand Opening, but the food made it worthwhile.

I hope that CREAM is worth the wait too!



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Posted by scream
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 29, 2013 at 10:34 am


i scream. u scream. we all scream for ....
i have a sore throat.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

Went to Rick's for ice cream last night. Plenty of parking, 3 minute wait, great ice cream, great company, plenty of space to sit and eat near Piazzas. Who needs to go anywhere else!


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Posted by fq
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

saw the long twice while driving through university avenue, and finally took kids them this thursday.. we waited one hour, it is too sweet, not worth it, would not go again


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Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jun 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

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Posted by John John
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

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Posted by Leonardo Leal
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

Finally people are not complaining so much. I think that people in Palo Alto just have time to be negative all the time....and I think they are starting to change for the better...albeit temporarily


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