Lauren and I would like to thank you Charlotte for a great couple of weeks. We had a wonderful time, and are sad to have to leave you so soon. Including our two days in Greensboro, we have given out over 4000 samples so far. We are well on our way to the one million samples both coasts wish to hand out this summer. We still have a long way to go and we couldn’t be more thankful for the tremendous support we have received from our fabulous Ciao Bella lovers.
An extra note about today: We met the biggest Ciao Bella lovers so far on the tour. Two ladies came up to us today. One had a list of several of our locations. She said they had been tracking us down, and were glad they finally caught us. They first heard about Ciao Bella on Oprah when she announced the Blood Orange was one of her Favorite Things. The ladies immediately went to the grocery store to buy it. They ended up buying $60 worth of Ciao Bella. They have been keeping their freezers stocked ever since. Charlotte set the bar high when it comes to Ciao Bella lovers. Raleigh, it’s up to you to try to set the bar even higher.
Lauren, Penelope (for those of you who do not know, we have affectionately named our gelato mobile Penelope. We did this for a few reasons: 1. We like to name inanimate objects, 2. Since we spend so much time with her, she is becoming a close friend of ours and she deserves a name.) and I are en route to Raleigh. Once again we started this leg of the trip out in true East Coast Bella Girl style. After stopping by CVS for a few last minute things and some much needed caffeine from Starbucks we headed North/East on 485 (if you live in or have ever been to Charlotte, you understand the complicatedness of the directions of 485), anyway I digress.
We were less than 10 minutes, if that far, from Lauren’s apartment when the trucker behind us started flashing his lights, blowing his horn and waving. We pulled over on the shoulder of the road. I immediately jumped out and ran to the back of the truck because my initial thought is, “On no. The generator blew up.” This was my initial thought due to the events that occurred on our way down from New Jersey. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen to us. Come to find out, the truck driver saw the hinges on the side of our truck that hold up our serving tray and thought it was a set of keys hanging out of the door. I explained to him what they were, and bless his heart. I think he was embarrassed. I told him we were grateful to have someone looking out for us. So thank you Mr. Trucker for trying to help us.
Lauren and I are currently out in the middle of nowhere. The GPS decided to take us on the scenic route instead of the interstate route. It’s a pretty drive so I think I should call it quits on the blogging for the night. I want to take in the beauty that is North Carolina.
Stay tuned as the saga continues…