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Cold Stone Creamery dishes out delight Jon Ingbrigtson Jibsheet Reporter Taco Del Mar, World Wraps, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, and Cold Stone Creamery all have great product and provide an enjoyable atmosphere. What makes Cold Stone Creamery stands out is the nearly 7,000 possibilities of ice- cream creations available at each location. No, this is not an ice- cream warehouse, and we aren't talking Dairy Queen either. This is a high class ice-cream shop with a fun and friendly atmosphere, a place where Oprah's latest diet doesn't keep mini-van morns from bringing the kids and honking down into endless possibilities of ice-cold confection. "This is super-premium ice- cream," Cold Stone franchise owner and manager Eric Johnson said. "You won't find this quality at grocery stores. We make ice cream and waffle cones fresh, daily on site." Open for nearly two and a half years, the Woodinville location is currently the only Cold Stone franchise operating on the Eastside. Nestled near the Woodinville Cin- emas, this tucked away gold-mine of frosty heaven seems to be a hit with everyone. "We have lines out the door every Friday and Saturday," said Johnson. "Especially in the sum- mer, we often have six people mak- ing ice-cream at one time." Two other franchises are ex- pected to open this summer at Crossroads mall and on the Sammamish plateau. Cold Stone Creamery also seems to be a popular place to work. Johnson noted, "Our em- ployees must also entertain our cus- tomers. We sing for our tips. We have big group auditions every few months; they last about an hour and a half. We had 20 people come in and audition of few weeks ago, out of that we hired three. Our employ- ees do very well on tips." When you leave a tip, expect to hear a ditty from the ice-cream workers along the lines of: "Hi-ho. Hi-ho. We thank you for your dough. We come to work and play all day. Hi-ho. Hi-ho. Hi-ho. Hi- ho." "We are a franchise. The first store opened in Tempe, Arizona in 1988. Soon 150 stores will be open within the United States," com- mented Johnson. The chain recently earned spot #205 in Entrepreneur magazine's fastest growing fran- chises. "We deliver fun, anticipa- tion, and an unequaled first-bite experience to a growing number of consumers who demand quality and personalization. We're always in step with consumer tastes," claims a company franchise tri-fold pamphlet. "Alaska has four franchises so far," noted Johnson. "They have more ice-cream consumption per capita there than anywhere else in the United States." With the store thermostat at 72 degrees, and the 3 inch granite slab used for pummeling "mix-ins" into ice-cream set at 15 degrees, this establishment provides ice- cream in a perfect atmosphere for enjoyment. "This place is spectacular. Very good tasting ice-cream and lots of good items to put into the ice-cream. I put raspberries, and blueberries, strawberries, and cher- ries in mine. It's very good," said Eric, 11 years old. Cold Stone also carries cus- tom cakes. Made with yogurt or ice-cream, you can get any custom flavor. To top off the cake you can create your own design, or choose from Barbie, Star Wars, and Disney Characters. Kid's cones are a real hit with children under 12 years of age. At only $1.49, they are easy on par- ents' pocket books. For just a few dollars, adults can enjoy a custom ice-cream cone, with a real waffle cone included. No cheap rice cones here! Dipped Cones are also avail- able for a reasonable extra charge. Go check out Cold Stone Creamery. The atmosphere is awe- some, the ice-cream is unprec- edented, and the staff is entertain- ing as well as polite. You'll also enjoy the comfortable seating, warm lighting, ample parking, and the upbeat ambiance music. The Woodinville Cold Stone Creamery is located at 17848 Gar- den Way N.E., Suite 6, in Woodinville. Their phone number is 425-398-9821. 0 Choose a coreer that matters ,, 425.602.3330 BANTYR UN|V{51TY progoms.bastyr.edu Wednesday May 9, 2001 Arts and Entertainment 9 , Hollywood faces possible strike Matt Wilson Jibsheet Reporter Commotion is running throughout Hollywood. With the presence of current union con- flicts concerning contracts of the members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America, the threat of a possible Hollywood shutdown looms in the air. The group causing the commotion is the Writers Guild of America (WGA), which its contract expire on May 1. The dis- pute is over the fairness of the cur- rent contract, but the main quar- rel involving a possible strike is not over money. Darin Miller, General Manager of the Bellevue Galleria 11 theater, comments, "The basic feud is over the cred- its, mainly the 'Film By' credit that the directors get. A lot of screenwriters feel they're not get- ting enough credit for the film. Their argument is that they are writing everything for the film and all the director's doing is play- ing out the words. Basically, they want a title in the film instead of 'Written By' somewhere near the end." Richard Donner, director of the Lethal Weapon series, pro- claims, "They'll get rid of the pos- sessory credit over my dead body. They've destroyed the director's position on TV and now they want to do the same thing to movies." This is not the first time this has happened. According to a Daily News article, September 2000, the television writers walked in 1988. This caused the start of the season to be pushed back a month. Even though this is not the first conflict within show business, Miller believes it will be the larg- est one to date. According to a press release on the WGA website, talks re- sumed April 17 after being sus- pended due to the WGA's intent to lift a press blackout issued early in the negotiation process. Both sides are seeking to reach a tenta- tive agreement. However, such an agreement will not come easily be- cause it would have to be approved by the Negotiating Committee of the Writers Guild of America, then be submitted to the Board and Council, and finally be presented before the Guild's members for a networks. The problem with this involves the way that part of the proposal is set up. According to the website, the writers will only see money from original broad- casts. This proposal would take away $28 million in residuals from television writers. Miller explains how all of this could affect us: " Luckily, there have been a lot of movies green-lit and ready to finish pro- duction before the strike happens; however, producers will be push- ing back the release dates to many movies including films like Men In Black 2, The Mask 2, and Pluto Nash. This shouldn't affect the- aters, but if it continues for a long time, we will start to lose business because there will be no product to sell. Star-Telegram film critic, Christopher Kelly sums it up best, "If the strike lasts long enough, we might have to endure a few more re-releases of The Exorcist." 1.2, Cont from page 8 benefits. Mp3.com has a system that is called "payback for play- back". This is where the website pays the band for however many people go on Mp3.com to listen to their music. So far One Point Two has earned over one thousand dol- lars through this system and they are putting that money towards their next recording. Although success on the web has had its benefits the band is just now starting to play more and more shows. They are doing this in hopes that they will be able to earn more of a local following. If you would like to check this band out live you can see their exciting set Saturday May 19 at Ground Zero in Bellevue. They are play- ing this show with eastside up and comers Middle Dexter and some other great bands. I urge anyone out there that is reading this to go to www.togetherrecords.com to check out the band and the label. You will not be disappointed.