The Parlour

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117 Market St., Durham, NC

This past weekend I was in North Carolina briefly for a friend’s graduation party. After being sent out to run errands the heat drove my friend and I to get a summertime treat, ice cream!!! We love ice cream so I used Yelp to find a nearby shop and Parlour looked like a winner so that’s where we went. Parlour was founded in Durham, NC in 2011 and what once used to be just a food truck is now a cute little shop featuring handcrafted batches of ice cream, sorbet and shakes. The shops dedication to using fresh and local ingredients only adds to the personal touch and friendly service you get upon entering the store. There is no limit on how many flavors you can taste and you’ll definitely want to try a few.

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After trying green tea, lemon ginger sorbet, one other flavor I don’t remember, and malted cinnamon, I decided to go with my last pick. They were all very tasty but malted cinnamon tasted like my favorite cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch! A single scoop on a chocolate waffle cone was exactly what the doctor prescribed for a quick walk through the Juneteenth Celebration taking place just outside the front door of the shop. Were there groceries in the car that should probably be back at the house? Sure, but who can resist a mini excursion when you’re out of town 🙂 Summer festivals should always be attended, especially when they are free!

There was handmade jewelry, art work, plenty of italian ice and snowball stands to go around.  I saw was a performance by Models Against Domestic Violence (M.A.D.V.) a non-profit organization made up of young people who desire to take a stand on the issue.  A song about domestic abuse played while they acted out scenes for the audience. At the end each member spoke out on the issue. It’s always nice to see young people standing up for causes they believe in.

After a walking around and taking a look at everything Vanessa and I made it back to the house with big smiles thanks to Parlour. For more information about Parlour check out their website, here or follow them on Twitter  to find out where their food truck will be if you’re in the area. I could have sworn the bubbly attendant that helped us told us that they closed at 6 during the week but according to their site, their shop hours are Sun 12pm–10pm, Mon Closed, Tue–Thu 12pm–10pm, and Fri–Sat 12pm–11 pm.

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