Spring has (nearly) sprung in the shop! 🌸
It’s finally March which means the days are getting longer, the sun is shining (most of the time – we’re in England after all) and the Easter bunny is busy making some new flavours for Hooray’s! 🐰
Our limited-edition Easter flavours will be hitting the shop on March 22nd, and we’ve got a good mix of old favourites and fresh newbies for you to try! Make sure to pop in and have a look before it’s too late!
It’s Red Nose Day on the 18th of March and we’ll be raising money for Children in Need with a special flavour – Red Nose Raspberry Ripple! All proceeds will be donated so you can do a good deed whilst treating yourself. 😊
In other exciting news, we’re getting all moved into our new space, with new freezers being installed this month which means big things are coming! Watch this space!
Last thing – we’ve been cooking up something fresh and fun in the Hooray’s kitchen – keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram and Facebook for the launch of something very delicious indeed! We can’t wait for you to try it.
We hope you have an amazing month, and we can’t wait to see you soon!
Sara & Sasha
Love is in the air this month at Hooray’s! 💘
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and cupid has paid a little visit to our shop! Our new Valentine’s flavours are OUT and we’ve gone big this year – think love potion, green with envy, cupid’s arrow, love hearts and more!
Have you entered our waffle-date giveaway? Head over to our Facebook & Instagram to be in with a chance of winning waffles for two – all you’ve got to do is follow us, like the post and leave a comment telling us who you’d take with you!
In other news, we’ve met the new love of our life 😍 Hans the van! Keep your eyes out to see us droppin’ deliveries in our new Hooray’s van!
Thank you to everyone who got in touch about a space – we’re excited to report that we’ve found one!
We’re very happy to see the back of January – we made it guys! And as of February 21st we’ll be open on Mondays again so if you’re in the mood for a start of the week treat, make sure to pop in and say hello. ☺️
Lots of love,
Sara & Sasha X
Happy New Year from Hooray’s!
We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year and is looking forward to 2022.
As always, our gelato is made in the shop and now it’s available to take home with you! Choose from our nine delicious flavours – Birthday Cake, Lemon Drizzle, Black Forest Gateau, Vegan Salted Caramel Brownie, Blueberry Cheesecake, Eton Mess, Carrot Cake, Apple Crumble, and the classic Chokkywokky Sundae! We’re so, so proud and excited about our new range – you can pick up a pot from the shop!
We’ve extended our range of take-home tubs too – you can choose from our 13 favourite flavours to take home in 100ml pots for a little pick-me-up whenever you need!
Also – does anyone out there know of any small industrial units available to rent, in or around Stratford/Evesham? We are currently looking for additional storage space of about 1000 sq. ft. Everything we’ve found so far is just too big! 😔 If you know of anyone with farm/industrial units available within a 10-mile radius of Stratford, please let us know!
Other than that, we just wanted to wish you a happy new year and to thank you for all your support during 2021!
Love Sasha & Sara X
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hooray’s – the shop has been visited by Santa’s little helpers and they’ve spruced up the place. We’ve got some naughty little elves in the shop too – have a peek in our window to see what they’ve been up to – and don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook if you spot them up to no good!
Pop into the shop next week to check out our Christmas decorations, fabulous festive flavours (including after eight, chocolate orange and gingerbread!), and our all-new Christmas menu! With lots of winter warmers and some special treats, there really is something for everyone.
This month we’re kicking off the Christmas preparations with a week’s worth of wreath making classes starting on Friday 26th November with White Ivy Flowers – tickets are all sold out now but keep your eyes peeled on our socials for our next event announcements!
The Christmas light switch on is on the 25th of November – why not come out of the cold and grab yourself a scoop or a hot chocolate whilst you wait?
Speaking of Christmas, what’re you having for Christmas Day dessert? Don’t forget you can treat yourself and your loved ones to Hooray’s at home – our takeaway tubs are available in 500ml and 1000ml sizes and make the dreamiest dessert (because who likes Christmas cake really?!). Come into the shop to get yours sorted today!
We’ve also been very busy behind the scenes cooking up something very special indeed! All will be revealed in due time but you’re going to want to set your alarms – it’s a good one.
We can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Love Sara & Sasha X
Hooray’s is haunted! Halloween is finally here, and our shop has been taken over by ghosts and ghouls! 👻
Pop in this week to see our spooky shop and try some of our ghastly gelato flavours – with flavours like frankenstein, batnana, crushed skull and brains, you’re bound to find something to tickle your tastebuds!
What else is going on at Hooray’s in October?
Well, if you’re in the mood for some core, coffee, and cake, we have weekly Pilates classes starting with Laura every Wednesday at 10am. Booking is essential so make sure you book your spot with her! You can send her an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org – don’t forget to bring your mat! 🧘🏻♀️
October is also the month of half term! If you’re looking for something fun to do with your little ones, Our Adventures in Warwickshire is holding a children’s floral pumpkin workshop on October 25 at Hooray’s. Hosted by floral expert Joanna from White Ivy flowers, you and your children can create an autumn display together! Suitable for children 4 years and older and Halloween fancy dress is welcomed (but not compulsory). Booking is essential and you can do it at: www.bookwhen.com/adventuresinwarwickshire
See you soon!
Sara & Sasha X
It’s pretty chilly out there and January is the month when we’re all trying to be good 😉 Take away ice cream won’t be at the top of the list when it comes to having a treat, so we’ll be closing the shop from Thursday 31st December 2020. If you think you might need a cheeky Hooray’s before we reopen, make sure you pop in a grab a take home tub to get you through the winter.
While we’re closed, we’ll be busy in the Hooray’s kitchen creating lots of new and exciting flavours for you to enjoy, and getting our new range, The Celebration Range, ready for the big launch !! Watch this space for more details soon.
A massive THANK YOU to our team and to all our regular Hooravers for your support this year. Wishing you all a Happy Hooray’s New Year.
Looking forward to seeing you, at some point, in 2021.
Sara and Sasha
We have changed things a bit to keep you and all of us safe and at low risk. We ask that you follow our rules when you are in the shop
- Please ensure you wear a facemask at all times, unless you are seated at a table.
- Please sanitize your hands on arrival.
- If you would like to Take-away, please order at the counter.
- If you would like to sit in please take a seat at a clean available table, someone will be over as soon as they can to take your order.
- Please can you scan in and register on the track and trace system.
- Please don’t sit on a dirty table, please wait for us to clear and clean it.
- If you need to use the loo, you are more than welcome to at your own risk. Please leave the loo as you would wish to find it.
- Please keep your children sat at your table, not wandering around the shop.
- We are operating with less staff than normal, your patience is greatly appreciated.
- Your food will arrive at your table as soon as it is ready not at the same time.
We have these rules in place to ensure we can create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.
In last weeks tropical heat, we headed over to Warwick Hospital to give out more of our donated scoops to NHS workers.
On arrival there was already a socially distanced queue eagerly waiting. The word had spread quickly through the hospital and the remained constant all day.
The hospital staff from nurses to administrators, security to surgeons and doctors to grounds staff all enjoyed a free scoop donated by our supporters.
Seven hours later we had handed out 967 scoops. HOORAY! It was a privilege to be able to make so many smile, seeing them enjoying a well deserved treat. Many of the staff commenting on what a lovely idea, how much they appreciated the gesture and sending thanks back to all who contributed.
“HELP HOORAY’S – SAY THANK YOU – MAKE SOMEONE SMILE” is our crowd funding project which will be going live on Crowdfunder website this week on Friday 15th May, using the free crowd funder pay it forward scheme.
We thought it would be great to say THANK YOU to NHS and CARE HOME KEY WORKERS, the only way we know how; of course, that’s with ice cream 😊
Having seen the smiles (from a distance) that a Hooray’s delivery brings to those who are currently isolating, we thought giving an ice cream would be a lovely way to say thank you to all the NHS and CARE HOME KEY WORKERS in the area and those who visit when the lock down is over.
This will give our supporters the opportunity to say THANK YOU to an NHS and CARE HOME KEY WORKER by treating them to a scoop of handmade gelato ice cream, and we’ll make it extra special with a topping of their choice.
We will keep a tally in store of all the donated scoops. To claim their scoop any NHS or CARE HOME KEY WORKER will be able to come in and show us their employment ID card and we’ll serve them a delicious scoop of their favourite flavour with a topping of their choice, and of course say a big THANK YOU to them for all their dedication and selflessness during the lockdown.
If we get enough scoops donated, we’ll arrange a visit to one of the local hospitals or care homes and give out scoops to all the employees from Hennie our vintage VW ice cream van.
Supporters will be able to donate a cone or tub of delicious Hooray’s ice cream for just £3.00 or a sharing tub for £10 .
We’ll also have other special rewards for those who support our crowd funding appeal.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Covid-19 forced us to close our doors on the 21st March. It couldn’t have come at a worse time. Nearly 80% of our sales happen over the spring and summer, which help us survive the winter months, consequently we were at the end of our savings and were all ready to launch in to another busy high season, which so far hasn’t happened. We still have rent and bills to pay and every day of missing our high season is making it more and more difficult to see how we’ll survive.
We had no choice but to put all 15 of our staff on to the government furlough scheme, knowing that our staff are being paid and can stay safe at home is a huge relief.
We’re not eligible for the small business grant from Government because our rateable value is more than the £51k cut off point.
As well as delivering groceries and family size tubs of ice cream and DIY Sundae Making Kits from the hastily established Hooray’s pantry, we have been trying to make a plan for the survival of our business.