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Summer Guide: Best places to get ice cream in D.C.

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Summer Guide: Best places to get ice cream in D.C.

It's no secret that summers in Washington, D.C. are pretty hot. Thankfully, there is no shortage of great ice cream shops and parlors offering delicious treats to cool you off and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Here are some of the best ice cream places in and around Washington, D.C.

Ice Cream Jubilee (Multiple Locations), 301 Water Street SE Washington, DC 20003 

  • Navy Yard 
  • With all-natural ingredients, flavors are freshly made from local cows and rotated seasonally.
  • Visit the menu to check out over 50 of their unique flavors including honey lemon lavender, banana bourbon caramel, and marionberry.
  • Ice Cream Jubilee founder & CEO Victoria Lai began experimenting with ice cream flavors in her apartment in 2009 before deciding to start selling flavors in 2013. 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, 1925 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

  • 14th and U streets 
  • Each of the sweet treats at Jeni's stand-alone, offering uniquely smooth texture, buttercream body, bright flavor, and clean finish flavors. 
  • Supermoon, Cream puff, lemon & blueberries parfait are a few of the authentic flavors to try.  
  • Jeni's offers dairy-free flavors too!

Pitango, 1841 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009 

  • Adams Morgan 
  • Specializes in gelato and sorbet that embody the flavors of meticulously curated ingredients. 
  • Some of the must-try flavors are black sesame, Fior Di Latte and star anise 
  • Interested in learning how to customize your own unique batch? Pitango allows you to host your own gelato-making party

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard (Multiple Locations), 610 H St NW Washington, D.C. 20001 

  • Chinatown 
  • Between the infamous Italian ice to the classic old fashioned custard, Rita's offers a plethora of treats
  • Black cherry, cotton candy, mango, and Swedish fish are a few of the popular flavors 
  • Rita's gives out free pup cups to your furry friends. 

Milkbar (Multiple Locations), 1525 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005

  • Logan Circle Flagship 
  • Milk bar offers classes to show you how to assemble the most popular flavor combinations
  • Must-try items include Cereal Milk Soft Serve, Compost Cookie, and layer cakes with unfrosted sides.
  • Chef Christina Tosi invented all of the signature items on the menu

Outside of D.C.

Here’s The Scoop, 2824 Georgia Avenue, NW

  • Located in the lower Georgia Avenue Corridor across from Howard University
  • The shop offers a variety of ice cream, and milkshakes, sundaes, puddings, pies, and cupcakes. 
  • You must try the southern peach milkshake and birthday cake-flavored ice cream 
  • In addition to serving ice cream, Here's The Scoop hosts community seminars and pop-ups at the store, allowing for consumers to come away with not only a scoop of ice cream but a scoop of information as well.

Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Co., 109 King Street Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314

  • Make your celebration extra special by celebrating at Pop's 
  • Ice cream, shakes, malts, splits, floats, sundaes are some of the simple treats made from pure ingredients that you can try at Pop's.  
  • Some of the must-try flavors include cookie dough, pistachio and Bailey's mint chip. 
  • Pop’s early career was spent catering events at the White House serving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt her favorite ice cream. 

 

7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson to retire after 2020

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7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson to retire after 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  -- Jimmie Johnson sat down next to Jeff Gordon at a 2001 driver meeting and asked the champion if he had time to offer any career advice.

Gordon was so impressed with the fellow California native that he encouraged Rick Hendrick to start a team built specifically for the 25-year-old Johnson.

It turned into one of the greatest hires in NASCAR history and nudged Gordon aside as the most dominant driver on the track. Now Johnson will follow Gordon and many other NASCAR superstars into retirement as the seven-time champion announced Wednesday he will retire from full-time competition after next season.

The 44-year-old Johnson joins an exodus of popular drivers that began when Gordon retired after the 2015 season. Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick and Jamie McMurray are among those who followed Gordon out the door.

Johnson, the winningest driver of his era, said in a video posted to his social media and titled "(hash)Chasing8 one final time" that next season will be his final attempt to win a record eighth Cup title. It will be his 19th season in the No. 48 Chevrolet.

"I am so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR," Johnson said in the black-and-white video comprised of highlights from his career. "This sport has been good to me and allowed me to do something I truly love. I showed up chasing a dream and achieved more than I thought possible. I am looking forward to next season and celebrating what will be my last year as a full-time Cup driver. I know what this team is capable of and I hope 2020 is one of the best yet."

Johnson scheduled a Thursday news conference at Hendrick Motorsports to discuss his decision. He joins Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. as Hendrick drivers who have called it a career since 2015.

Reaction was immediate from drivers, as well as retired cyclist Lance Armstrong and seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath.

"Proud of you, bro," Armstrong wrote. "And even prouder to call you a friend. Let's go get (hash)8."

Gordon wrote that Johnson is "a class act & true champion on & off track" while current Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott was among the many young drivers to refer to Johnson as the greatest of all time with an emoji of a goat.

Johnson had two years remaining on his contract when new sponsor Ally signed on before this season to replace Lowe's, which had sponsored Johnson from his 2001 debut through 2018. Ally last month announced a three-year extension to sponsor the No. 48, but Johnson's future was not tied to the renewal through 2023.

"Jimmie Johnson is a legend in racing, the epitome of class and the ultimate representative of our brand," said Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and PR Officer at Ally. "We are proud that Jimmie will finish his remarkable NASCAR driving career with Ally as his primary sponsor."

Johnson has 83 career victories, tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time. His seven titles are tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in the Cup Series, the last one coming in 2016.

Johnson has been in a two-year slump and last won a race in 2017. He had two different crew chief changes this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since the format began in 2004. He finished 18th in the final standings and has just five top-five finishes the last two years.

Johnson has driven for Rick Hendrick his entire Cup career and set a NASCAR record in winning five consecutive titles from 2006 through 2010, an accomplishment that earned him Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year after his fifth crown.

All 83 of Johnson's wins have come in the No. 48 and include two Daytona 500s, four victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a record 11 wins at Dover International Speedway, nine at Martinsville Speedway and eight at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

11.15.19 Rick Horrow interviews PepsiCo Vice President of Marketing Todd Kaplan

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11.15.19 Rick Horrow interviews PepsiCo Vice President of Marketing Todd Kaplan

Edited by Tanner Simkins

In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews PepsiCo Vice President of Marketing Todd Kaplan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. Sports investor Bruin Sports Capital received $600 million more to spend. According to the New York Times, Bruin Sports Capital is a sports investment and management company that invests in the technologies of media, marketing, and data surrounding sports. After raising $600 million from two even larger investors – CVC Capital Partners and the Jordan Company – Bruin Sports will be able to expand its portfolio of investments, which already include data analytics, media and streaming companies, and a fledgling drone-racing league. Currently, Bruin, led by Sport Business Handbook contributor George Pyne, has nearly $1 billion invested, including significant stakes in six companies across the modern sports landscape, from sports media start-ups such as The Athletic to a live-event provider selling high-end trips to events like the Super Bowl and the NFL draft. Overall, Bruin Sports Capital’s guiding philosophy is that people under 40 watch and consume sports and media in radically different ways from their parents – and this is likely how the strategic company will invest its newly-acquired $600 million: toward attracting future generations of sports and tech fans.

2. The NBA altered its bylaws prior to the start of the 2019-2020 season to allow teams to sell sponsorship packages outside of the U.S. and Canada for the first time. League rules previously prevented teams from participating in any ad campaign or sponsorship event outside of their home market. However, NBA chief innovation officer Amy Brooks told JohnWallStreet that the companies currently participating in the league’s jersey patch program – two-thirds of which have an international presence – indicated that the time was right “to grow [the NBA] brand and our partners’ brands globally.” Loosening bylaws surrounding international marketing rights should help the league grow revenues and connect with fans in other regions. The Washington Wizards were the first NBA franchise to take advantage of the rule change, signing an agreement with Japanese tech conglomerate NEC. The Wizards made Rui Hachimura the first Japanese player ever selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2019.

 

3. Airbnb is set to announce a global sponsorship with the International Olympic Committee running through the Los Angeles 2028 Games, according to SportsBusiness Journal. The deal would represent a significant shift in the home-sharing platform’s sports marketing strategy as Airbnb prepares for its IPO in 2020. According to SBJ, the deal would focus on Airbnb’s “experiences” strand, which allows hosts to offer access to their hobbies, skills, or expertise as part of offering out their homes for rent. The arrangement is not intended to infringe on the hotel and hospitality business that Olympic organizers require to stage the Olympics. Recent partners joining the IOC’s global TOP program have made significant investments, with a joint Mengniu Dairy and Coca-Cola deal back in June being valued at $3 billion over 11 years. Currently, 13 companies comprise the TOP program, getting category-exclusive rights to every Games, the IOC, and national Olympic committees.