Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Welcome Club Passim and Cold Stone Creamery

Peace, Love, Rock n’ Roll and … Ice Cream???

You talked, we listened. Frozen goodies and fun experiences (like great music), were at the top of things you wanted to share through KangoGift. Drum roll for our 2 new partners of the week – Cold Stone Creamery (Prudential Center, Boston) and the venerable Club Passim (Harvard Square), where Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Peter Wolf, and Suzanne Vega all cut their musical teeth.

Going on more than 50 now, Club Passim’s hosted generations of jazz, folk, and acoustic musicians on its basement stage, including a very young Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. It’s had its share of run-ins with the Cambridge Police, who twice shut it down. It’s no wonder this place is the subject of countless books and documentaries. But Passim’s still a local and intimate venue, where everyone sits close enough to see the sweat of some famous and soon-to-be-famous brows.

As if we could love them more, this nonprofit club is still about finding and growing local talent, and they support New England musicians through their Iguana Music Fund. The Club Passim Music School has hard-to-find classes for adults and teens in banjo, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, voice, songwriting, music theory, and even music business. Passim shares space with Veggie Planet, so there’s plenty of good pizza, beer, and wine on any night.

Kango is excited to make the club's tickets, classes, and memberships instantly available to everyone!

Does Cold Stone even need an intro? Some of you can probably recite the menu in your sleep: Mud Pie Mojo; All Lovin’ No Oven; Cookie Mintster; The Pie That Loved Me; Oreo Overload for their Signature Creations; as well as their non-ice cream goodies like Pies, Cakes, and Cupcakes in flavors like Sweet Cream and Double Chocolate Devotion, along with Smoothies, Shakes, and Blended Coffees.

You know about their granite stone counters and their mix-ins, and so you know this place is also about creativity and making your own flavor. Take any flavor ice cream, made fresh on premises every day, and add in whatever fits your mood. Someone did the math, and there are about 11 million combos you can make with their stuff. And those spade-yielding staff (no scoops here) behind the counter that let you mix in Peanut Butter with Cherry Pie Filling? They actually have to audition, not interview for their jobs. Here, making sure you get your ice cream the way you want it is considered an art.

So know anyone in the Back Bay who can use some sweetness at the end of their day? Any creative souls with a sweet tooth working (or just shopping) around Prudential/Copley? Have Kango surprise them with $5, $10, $25 gift certificates. Or support the musician in your life and treat someone to a class or passes to Club Passim.

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