It’s National Ice Cream Month And Black Bourbon Society Comes To LA – Here’s What’s Popping Up

Black Bourbon Society , an all-inclusive organization founded by Samara Davis and  open to anyone who enjoys premium spirits and is interested in gaining a deeper appreciation for America’s Native Spirit, is coming to L.A. for its 2nd Annual Open Door Tour, sponsored by Jim Beam®. The tour spotlights  Black-owned bars and restaurants across the country, and aims to enlighten and educate people on its mission to bridge the gap between the spirits industry and African American bourbon enthusiasts through brand-partnered events, social media platforms, and exclusive distillery excursions. Here’s the local lineup:

BEAM IN THE CITY – THURSDAY, 7/14 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Post & Beam

A panel discussion featuring local culture makers or entrepreneurs on topics relative to LA’s culture, lifestyle and vibe, followed by a social hour and an educational Jim Beam flight and food tasting.*Guests must put “Open Door Tour” in the reservation notes.

HIGHBALL HOUR – FRIDAY, 7/15 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM at The District

A lively social event with DJ spins and highlighting black bartenders and their unique spin on a Jim Beam Highball and cocktails featuring Jim Beam Black®.

RHYTHM & BEAM DAY PARTY – SATURDAY, 7/16 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Lock & Key

A fun, outdoor cookout-style day party featuring a DJ battle, an educational tasting experience, and all the feel-good summertime vibes.

National Ice Cream Month

Black Bourbon Society founder Samara Davis (Courtesy BBS)

In celebration of National Tattoo Day, Rock & Brews, Mobile Tattoo Collective and Body Art Bus is hosting experiential events on Sunday, July 17, at its El Segundo and Buena Park locations, where guests can get special edition rock ‘n’ roll-themed tattoos. In El Segundo, Mobile Tattoo Collective will be offering $50 tattoos from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Buena Park, Body Art Bus will be offering $100 tattoos from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tattoos at both locations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and all guests who receive tattoos that day are eligible to purchase one-cent pints of select Rock & Brews beers selections. For guests who don’t have a chance to get their tattoos done on-site, they will receive a 10% off for a future tattoo from both artists, and a bounce back to R&B.

Pressed Juices in collaboration with FX is serving up a “vampire drink for mortals,” to celebrate the season four premiere of What We Do in the Shadows. From Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, Pressed fans in the LA area can visit the Century City or Abbot Kinney location and receive a free Roots 3 juice with a fangtastic limited-edition What We Do in the Shadows label. Both LA locations will feature in-store graphics that share details on the show and invite customers to sink their teeth into the newest season!

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., and 626 Night Market have announced new dates for the 626 Night Market Mini this summer and fall. The mini market series returns to  the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, July through October, featuring Cafe 949, Why So Shellfish, Chick N’ Skin, Ghostix and Cheese Wheel Pasta. An alcohol garden also will be available for attendees 21 years and older. The market is open to all ages and free to attend, with advanced ticket reservations:

Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

July 23 and July 24

Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 

Sept. 17, Sept. 18, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25

Oct. 1, Oct. 2, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9

626 Night Market Mini (Courtesy Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.)

It’s National Ice Cream Month, and every Angeleno’s favorite childhood ice cream brand Thrifty is offering a chance to win a year’s supply of Thrifty ice cream through the month of July. Thrifty has been making ice cream for more than 80 years in California, maintaining many of the same award-winning recipes and old-time prices. The scoop shops exclusively inside Rite Aid offer at least 50 flavors, as well as gallons to go.  You can also find it at Northgate markets.

To enter for a chance to scoop up the sweet deal and to find out more details about the limited-time offer, see here and take in some frozen-in-time trivia below:

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Thrifty in Honor of National Ice Cream Month

  1.     Thrifty churns out 1.5 million scoops of ice cream every day.
  2.     The most popular flavor of Thrifty ice cream is Rocky Road, followed by Cookies and Cream, and Cotton Candy.
  3.     “Cali Delight” is a flavor only available in California – vanilla ice cream swirled with orange sherbet.
  4.     Thrifty sources from local providers like real crunchy California almonds (no wonder Rocky Road is a best-seller).  
  5.     Today, more than 500 Rite Aid stores across the country contain hand-dipped Thrifty ice cream stations.
  6.     The  unique cylindrical scooper was designed to create easily-dispensed, uniformed scoop sizes – so that no customer feels jipped and everyone gets the perfect portion. The iconic scooper is now available online on Rite Aid website for flawless scoops at home.
  7.     Thrifty tests hundreds of quirky flavors each year – some of the craziest concoctions that didn’t make the cut are T-Bone Steak, Bacon & Cheddar Cheese, and Sriracha Swirl.
  8.     Thrifty employees get as much ice cream as they’d like while on the job.  It’s no wonder that the 100 or so workers at the factory have combined  2,000 years of experience making only Thrifty Ice Cream
  9.     Many of the Thrifty ice cream recipes have remained the same for 50+ years – so you may just be eating the same tasty treats that your great-grandparent scooped into.
  10.   Thrifty remains one of the best deals on the market.  As recently as 1975, a single scoop cone sold for  5 cents. Even today, prices are still old-timey and you can grab a single scoop for only $1.99. 





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