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April 29, 2008 4:01 PM

I scream, you scream: Where's the free ice cream?

Posted by Nancy Leson

So, what are we, chopped liver? That's what my one of my pals wanted to know after she went online today, hot on the trail of a free scoop from Ben & Jerry's. She told me the company was giving away free ice cream today at selected "scoop shops" in honor of its 30th birthday , yet she was dismayed to find the Ben & Jerry's website listing only three franchises doing the giveaway. Worse, the closest one (by far) was in Kirkland. Now, what was that they used to say about "never trust anyone over 30?"

But wait a minute, I wondered. Isn't there a Ben & Jerry's in Ballard? Nope: closed. What about University Village? Gone. (After a call to U-Village management I was told B&J is relocating to Green Lake and expected to open there sometime next month. Meanwhile, the former Ben & Jerry's is set to become a Red Mango, but that's not expected to open till summer's end.)

As for the dearth of Ben & Jerry's locally? Oh, well. I guess Seattleites are just too busy knocking back frozen yogurt, hitting up their neighborhood Baskin-Robbins , eating Chunky Monkey in the comfort of their living rooms or spending their hard-earned cash on creamier, dreamier gelato. And speaking of which: Seattle's own Maria Coassin is celebrating the "grand re-opening" of Gelatiamo this week (after its remodel early this year) by offering a complimentary gelato to all comers on Thursday, May 1st, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Stop by her Third and Union store then, and remember: it's gelato. So, no screaming!

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