Local Happenings Nov 17th – 19th

Happy Friday friends! This morning our house was c h i l l y y y y. We had left some windows open. I bundled our tiny human up and turned on Elf for her. I took note of the gloomy sky and took a sip of some coffee and BAM. It happened. My first official tinge of excitement for the holidays! I can not wait until next week.  We Continue Reading

Support Local This Weekend!

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Kimber Lanning of Local First AZ speak as a part of a Sustainability Speaker Series put on by my company. She spoke of the importance of supporting local within our communities, and how dollars reach farther within our local economy when we support small. She discussed the concept of “shifting 10,” meaning, shifting 10 percent of your purchases to locally sourced goods and Continue Reading

The English Rose Tea Room

If you’re looking for a delightful and unique experience in the Valley of the Sun, let me introduce you to The English Rose Tea Room.  A little slice of England in Northern Phoenix. Established in 2002, the romantic and cheery atmosphere rivals the Ritz Hotel. Guests enjoy traditional tea time fare, and have a large list of loose leaf teas to choose from.  You can expect the full English experience Continue Reading

Take Me Back Tuesday: Disneyland

All you need is a little Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust. It’s no secret…. I’m a DISNEY DORK.  Loud & proud! I grew up going to Disney World, and fun fact: I even worked there as an intern in the Spring 2008 College Program. In my opinion, Disney does a great job at keeping the magic alive for it’s employees, or cast members, I should say.  I would love to Continue Reading

Pussycat Gelato: An Eclectic and Adventerous Experience

I’m excited to announce….

…that today I am kicking off “Feature Friday”, where I’ll spotlight a local business or creative.

This blog stemmed from the passion I have for connecting with the local community and sharing experiences with all of you. Go figure, I launch the blog and then write about travel for a majority of it. So like me to do things backwards.

Today I’m featuring Pussycat Gelato, a vivacious gelato shop in Old Town Scottsdale serving small batch locally made artisan gelato.  PC Gelato just opened their first Phoenix location about 3 months ago.

We live in Old Town, so I’m always surprised when I notice a business and I think to myself, “Has that always been there, and I’m just not very observant?” Luckily, my level of observance was not in question here because in this case, this business is new to Scottsdale.

Cozy up in the PC Gelato Lounge.

I’d like to start off with a pop quiz, can anyone tell me why we call Italian ice cream “gelato”?

This is going to blow your mind…. the Italian word for ice cream is…. you guessed it!  G E L A T O.

Really deep stuff here, guys.  Alright, I’ll proceed.

“I’ll take one of each, please”

When Tom, Clara, and I waltzed in to Pussycat Gelato a few weeks ago, I instantly knew I was going to feature them on my blog, it was quite the experience! Plus, I’m all for the support of new business owners.

PC Gelato is housed in a quaint little space tucked away on 5th Ave in Old Town that boasts fun colors, 70’s themed western posters, classic white and black checkered flooring, chic lighting, and a cozy sitting area with Josie & The Pussy Cat Dolls (J&PCD) projecting onto a screen.

Frederic and Rhonda at their Bisbee store ribbon cutting, provided by PC Gelato.

The owners, Frederic Watson and Rhonda McFarland are lovely people. Rhonda’s smile was so warm and welcoming, and Frederic’s cool demeanor and French accent intrigued us.

Rhonda immediately opened the gelato case, with taster spoon in hand, and asked us what we would like to try.  She kept shoveling out the samples….I’m pretty sure we tried most of them between the 3 of us.  She offered us a 1 scoop split into 2 flavors which didn’t make the decision any easier, everything was SO GOOD.

They serve their gelato with a cute little biscotti on it.  Biscotti is Italian for cookie.  Boom! You just learned 2 Italian words in 30 seconds.

Scoop of gelato topped with a yummy biscotti.

Frederic and Rhonda scored bonus points with us when they offered us a “local’s discount” after learning we were their neighbor.  Love that!

Clara wound up with a half peanut butter and half banana scoop, because that’s just what made sense.  She made herself right at home on one of the colorful arm chairs, digging into her gelato, watching J&PCD on the big screen.

Not to our surprise, she didn’t want to leave, and didn’t budge when we tried our usual “alright, well we’ll just have to leave you here,” as we inch towards the door move. We inquired, they weren’t hiring… Clara would have made a great mascot.

I popped in a few days later and Frederic greeted me with an equally warm smile.  He made me an affogato, an espresso poured over gelato, and we started chatting about gelato, and the emergence of his business.

Afternoon delight- espresso poured over Butter Pecan Gelato.

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