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Since quarantine hit, Facebook stalking has been my new (okay, fine, continued) source of entertainment research.
Anything “new” to make the day more exciting and something to look forward to. Recently I stumbled upon a feature where you can request these 2 dessert trucks to come to your neighborhood and deliver treats to you and your neighbors.
Scoops2U: Ice Cream
Follow their Facebook page for details on where the truck will be. You can visit their website for updates as well and see the flavors. There you can request a visit to your part of town.
Kona Ice: Shaved Ice
Follow this Facebook page (there are many as there are trucks all over NoVA). You can see where they’ll be and at what time. We placed an order online, paid online, and then my kids got to pick their flavor when the truck rolled up in front of my house. A great way to chat on our lawn with our neighbors.
It was a small treat that was affordable as well as exciting!
If you want other options, don’t forget that these places are all doing contact-less pick up:
Tysons Corner Center has a few new tenants — including a bubble tea place and kids’ clothing store.
Moge Tee officially opened on Thanksgiving, according to the store manager, and now offers customers a variety of drinks including bubble milk tea, taro tea, tea made from fresh juices, Yakult yogurt drinks and cheese tea, which takes a form of foam on the top of the drink.
The tea shop is a chain with roughly 300 locations across the world, according to the company’s website.
Besides the new location in Tysons, there are several other stores in the U.S. — including a Falls Church location (6122-B Arlington Blvd).
When asked about potential competition with the preexisting Kung Fu Tea in Tysons Corner Center, the manager said it shouldn’t be an issue since Moge Tee offers specialized items like brown sugar bubble milk tea or cheese tea.
Moge Tee also carries Dorayki, a type of red bean pancake dessert that comes in various flavors including Oreo and taro.
Beginning next week, Moge Tee is running a buy-one-get-one-free promotion for customers who share a post on either WeChat, Facebook or Instagram and get at least eight likes, the manager said.
Nearby Moge Tee on the first level of the mall near Nordstrom, Abercrombie Kids opened roughly a month ago, according to store employees.
Business was slow at first because of the location in the mall, another employee said, adding that things began to pick up after Black Friday.
For anyone seeking employment, Abercrombie Kids is actively hiring and people can apply in-person.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on Avenir Place is closing for the winter later this week.
A sign on the door says that the location (2672 Avenir Place) by the Dunn Loring Metro station will temporarily shut down beginning Thursday (Oct. 31).
The chain serves up a variety of cold treats including ice cream, shakes, floats, sodas and cakes.
Partons can grab a sweet-treat on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. before Bruster’s closes for the season.
The shop will reopen on March 1, 2020, according to the sign.
The location closed its doors during the last week of July after serving customers since December 2018, according to Jenna Hahn, the vice president of operations for Ice Cream Jubilee.
“While we very much enjoyed getting to know the people of the area, we decided to focus on our permanent locations,” Hahn said.
Matthew Woods, the assistant manager of Jubilee’s Ballston spot, said the Tysons location was not meeting its sales goals.
“The foot traffic didn’t pick up during the summer as we expected it to,” Woods said, adding that sales were unusually low especially for the hot summer months.
Unlike the Tysons location, Ice Cream Jubilee in Ballston seems to be very popular according to Woods. He added that they still have a steady flow of customers despite the start of the new school year.
The Vienna, Reston and Falls Church locations will offer a buy-one, get-one-free deal on ice cream scoops on Sunday (July 21).
“[The] custard is made fresh daily, in-house with no food dyes, artificial flavoring or harmful preservatives and are colored with fresh spinach, pureed beets and ripe tomatoes,” according to a press release about the event.
Here are the locations and hours on Sunday:
- Falls Church — open from 1-7 p.m. at 455 S. Maple Avenue
- Vienna — open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 138 Church Street NW
- Reston — open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 1631 N. Washington Plaza
The Kiln & Custard locations are inside the Kiln & Co. pottery stores, which offer pottery painting and classes.
Former President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day in 1984, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
Photo courtesy Kiln and Custard