Check In With the Team: New Year Edition

As the year comes to a close, we've all been taking some time for reflection and planning. We asked some of our team members to share the things they learned from 2015, and the things they're hoping for 2016. Now, we get to share their answers with you (with the help of a few golden photos from our scavenger hunt Christmas party)!

Jayne (Photographer, Scooper)

"My biggest resolution will be to enjoy life more. The good and the bad. Mainly the bad, because I feel like it's not that hard to enjoy the good parts of life, but next year I'm going to strive to find light in the hard times as well. Next year, I'm also going to pursue film photography. That's something that's always interested me and what better year to start than 2016?!? YOU COULD SAY I'M PRETTY PUMPED FOR THE NEW YEAR."

Gabi (Scooper)

"My New Year Resolution is to try two new activities so I can get back in shape!"

Heather (Shift Lead)

"This year, I want to eat more ramen (it's good for the soul), shop more thrift stores, and support more small businesses (they tend to have cuter, more unique gifts).  This year, I finally learned how to wrap presents!"

Esme (Shift Lead/Kitchen Team)

"2015 was a great year for adventure. I traveled so much and was able to do so many things that I had never done before. Along with the good times, there were some not so good times, which just reminded me of how strong I can be! In 2016, I plan on focusing more on my health and well being. I also plan on continuing my career in cosmetology and business. I expect many more travels and adventures!"

Frankie (Communications Director)

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"This year taught me SO many lessons about perseverance, friendship, and balance. I feel like I'm a stronger person than I was twelve months ago, which I'm super thankful for. As for resolutions, I've always had this idea that my life would probably be fixed in every way if I was a morning person. It's topped my resolution list for a few years now, but still hasn't quite happened. But, you know, if at first you don't succeed, download another alarm clock app and try again!"

Catie (Chef)

"I learned how to make ice cream this year, so that is pretty cool!"

Kari & Mark (Co-owners)

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In 2015 we did a lot, it was quite the whirlwind. I took an intensive business class, we opened a pop-up shop, launched a new business, and made some big life changes; but the best part was pushing our boundaries and limits, making people smile, and cultivating our team.  We are so excited for 2016!"

Abbie (Scooper)

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"My New Years Resolution is to broaden my music horizons! I want to go to more concerts and support newer musicians this year."

MELT is pretty lucky to have been filled with incredible people like these guys this year, and just as lucky that all of you chose to come hang out with us! We are looking forward to spending even more time with you guys in the new year.

MELT's 2015 Family Christmas Extravaganza

As previously discussed on this blog, the MELT Team loves to party together. And the holidays are a perfect excuse to have more celebrations than ever. So earlier this week, we got together to make some memories and some laughter, and in the spirit of everything we hope to stand for, tried to give back a little in the process.

Through a local Angel Tree drive, we got the names of five worthy children to buy Christmas presents for, and then threw in some healthy competition along the way. While shopping for the Angel Tree presents, two teams of MELT ladies raced to get through a long list of tasks and bring back photo proof of their completion. These assignments included (but were not limited to)-

Giving hugs to strangers and stuffed animals alike,

getting in a quick work out,

requesting piggy back rides from random shoppers,

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dressing up in holiday cheer,

and showing their true feelings for brand name ice cream.

After both the present hunt and the scavenger hunt were completed, everyone returned to the shop. We wrapped up our presents, ate take out from Cannon Chinese Kitchen, and reminisced (with a whole lot of laughter) about the amazing, joyful, cone filled year we got to have together. 

Parties, good food, and helping others are what we specialize in, and we want to see these passions play out when we are with customers and when we are with each other, both while we are open and after hours. The MELT Team truly is a family of people who are all in love with the ice cream and community this shop has fostered, and every one of you who has come in during the past one year and eight months have been a wonderful part of that. So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, thank you for making 2015 amazing. We hope you all are having as great of a time with friends and family this week as we had with each other a few nights ago. 

P.S. A special thank you goes out to Target for letting us run around acting crazy in their store. Couldn't have done it without you.

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a holiday near and dear to MELT's heart. We believe in growing relationships, in celebrating life and community, and definitely in good food. We are thankful for so much right now, but we wanted to take this short moment to express our gratefulness to all of our customers. You guys make MELT possible, and your support of everything we do means the world. From joining in our coat drives and giving days to help us grow a better, safer city, to bringing your families in and allowing us to participate in your birthday parties and happy memories, you guys make us even more proud of and passionate about our tiny, cone-scented shop. Every time we get to take your pictures against the yellow wall, every time we get to joke around across the counter, every time we share the ice cream we love, we get to believe a little more in the power of experiencing delicious things with the people who are special to us. So thank you for showing up, for smiling, and for investing, week after week. We love every one of you and can't wait for all the Taco Tuesdays, Saturday Specials, and everyday ice cream parties in our future. 

So much love,

The MELT Team

Check in with the Team; Fall Edition

Our shop and our ice cream would not be what it is without the amazing people that make up our team. We wanted to give everyone a chance to see how great they are, and to connect names with the faces you see behind the counter every day! We asked them to share some of the stuff they love about fall, and their answers were pretty great.

Esmeralda Arellano

(Shift Lead/Kitchen Team)

"Autumn is my favorite season! I love the sunny yet cool weather. I love all things Halloween, and I'm looking forward to working Halloween at MELT! It'll be my first. Butternut has had my heart since we introduced this round of flavors."

Jayne Goodall

(Photographer/Scooper)

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"Favorite thing about fall?? EASY. The weather. Hands down. Are you kidding me? Any other answer is wrong. The best thing about fall is the weather. And with great weather comes great fashion. Don't get me started on sweater weather. I. Am. Ready. On this menu, Butternut is my favorite flavor!"

Heather Ramaekers

(Shift Lead)

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"For me, Autumn means going to school and learning (and treating yourself to ice cream afterwards!). This fall I'm taking an introductory course that is educating me in all the fields of the fashion industry , so I'm excited to see where this class will take me! My favorite flavor is Apples'n'Oats!"

Arika Oviedo

(Shop Manager)

"When the air and leaves get crispy I know it’s that time of the year to find a few good books, relax, and enjoy the short days and cool nights. Fall is a time for pumpkin everything, football, cozy scarves, hot chocolate, candy corn, sweaters, and late nights around the bonfire. I love how the cozy weather draws me indoors to craft and cook. I’ll just put on a pair of thick socks and pjs and start making things, but I also love how the fall draws me outdoors and persuades me to try to sneak a good camping trip in before it gets too cold out. Fall reminds me that it is never too late to start over. Fall is a cozy season which returns faithfully to me every year. Fall means I’m buying a new coat for the winter."

Frankie Simmons

(Communications Director/Shift Lead)

"Fall always drives me to spend more time with friends and family. Maybe it's how the cooler weather encourages home cooked meals around shared tables, or maybe it's that extra goodwill motivated by the upcoming holiday season. Whatever it is, this year I definitely want to capitalize on that, growing the relationships that matter and creating memories with great people, many of which I'm sure will involve ice cream! I'm currently obsessed with Apples'n'Oats, in all its creamy, cozy goodness."

Kari Crowe Seher

(Owner)

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"I love the beauty of a new season of celebration.  My husband and I were married in October, so it's a reminder of joy, friendship, and loyalty.  MELT gets to embody many of those same qualities, with our team and with our customers.  We get to build relationships as we celebrate our customers, many of whom we see often, and experience their life joys.  My favorite fall flavor is the butternut squash. I like the unexpected savory flavors, it's rejuvenating. I sometimes eat it for lunch."