Spotlight On: Jo Jo’s Ice Cream

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This weeks Spotlight is on Debra Kalbach, owner of a Levittown icon, Jo Jo’s Ice Cream! Let’s find out a little about her…..

Where did you grow up ?

My parents were original owners in the Elderberry section. I now live in Pennwood Crossing.  I also lived in Thornridge for 20 years.

Tell us about your husband / kids.

 I first married in 1979, we had 3 children, Joey, Crystal, and Joshua.  I re-married in 2005

Where did you go to high school ? 

I went to Pennsbury HS and graduated from there in 1975

What do you guys like to do with your free time ?

Traveling is our hobby, when Jo Jo’s is closed that is what we do. We love to cruise or go to all inclusive places !

What are some of your favorite things about Levittown ?

Levittown has always been my home. I loved walking to the Levittown Shopping Center as a kid and the events they had there such as the Easter Parade, Santa arriving in a helicopter. I loved the LPRA. I have so many great memories of growing up in Levittown.  I had wonderful parents who always taught me to reach for the stars, which is what I always did.  “if you think you can, you will, If you think you can’t, then you won’t” I live by that, as well as to show respect, loyalty and concern.

What do you like about Levittown Comfort’s page?  

I just love reading it!

Okay, let’s hear about Jo Jo’s Ice Cream.

In 1988, my first husband and I were asked about what we thought about opening the old Chippers. I thought, WOW, but all I knew about ice cream was how to eat it ! After some time talking to the owners we decided to give it a try and we opened in 1989. After early trials and errors we kept at it until we got it perfect.  We make everything right here in the store!  I am happy to say that after 24 years we are one of the leading ice cream sores in Levittown. I think our secret is that we put lots of love into every product that we make!!  My oldest son knows everything about the business, he really is like my right arm. I consider it a mom and son shop. Without his help it would be much more difficult. I truly appreciate my son and all he does to make the store successful. He knows everything about it, he should, he grew up in it !!!

Great story, lastly, tells about the fundraising efforts at Jo Jo’s.

Around 3 years ago, a young mother of 2, Neysa Arena Stagliano , a stage 4 colon cancer patient at the time, came to me asking about maybe a 10-15% percent fundraiser. I thought, you know what, I have been in business a long time, and it is time to give back to this wonderful community, so I said yes to Neysa and told her we would donate 20% and off went the off went the fundraising events. Since then , every Tuesday from 6-9 we hold a fundraiser for different charities. A local dj, Jeffrey Weiman, provides entertainment and donates his time, we have basket auction as well. Sadly, Neysa passed away this past December and is greatly missed, but I am most grateful to her for opening my eyes to fundraising. I believe she is still at every event we do.  Last year we raised a little over $32,000.00 and we are already at $38,051.52 this year !!! These events truly warm my heart more than you can imagine. I get happy tears all the time and love it.  We do have a great community.

Thanks so much Debra. We have happy tears too!

Levittown, if you know of anyone that should have the “spotlight” on them, please email dan@levittowncomfort.com

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Levittown Fire Company 2013 Car Show and Family Fun Day

No plans this Sunday? Why not check out this fun filled event at the Levittown Fire Company. It’s not only a Car Show, local vendors will also participate in the event to help raise money for the Levittown Fire Company. Additionally, there will be live performances and activities. Be sure to join us and enjoy the following as scheduled:

  • 10:30am-11:00am- Martial Arts Demonstration by Levittown Mixed Martial Arts
  • 11:15am-11:45am- Live Performance by Fish Out of Water
  • 12:00-2:00pm- Radio Disney with music, games and prizes
  • 2:15pm-2:45pm- Dance performance by the Stepping Stone Dance Studio
  • 3:15pm-4:00pm Live performance by Fish Out of Water
  • 4:00pm- Trophies

Learn more about the event on Facebook here.

Here are the basic details of the event:

Levittown Fire Company
6 County Way Levittown, PA 19058
Get Directions

2013 Car show and Family Fun day
Sunday August 25th 10am-4pm

All proceeds from the show benefit the volunteer fire company to help purchase firefighting equipment.

Hope to see you there!

Hope For Hannah T-shirt Fundraiser

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Okay, here it is.  The Levittown t-shirt  inspired by the Sections challenge we held on Levittown Comfort. We met with the gang from the sponsor of that challenge, 41 Sections, and together we have decided that all proceeds from the shirt be donated to Hope for Hannah and her cause. First up , lets send a thank you to the sponsors of this shirt, which will assist in the production cost of the shirts, and allow all of us to raise more proceeds from the sale !!  They are …….

41 Sections

MG Apparel Team

ECI.  Real Comfort. Real Simple

Kiss Electric

Scappa’s Trattoria  

The Five Four Bar  

Keeping with 41 Sections apparel quality standards, these shirts will be made right here in the USA and be on sale for $16.

The shirt drive will kick off Wednesday morning with an announcement on Levittown Comfort. We do have a few more spots for sponsors left,  if any business or group would like to chip in. Start spreading the word now to your L-Town family and friends, don’t miss out on this really cool shirt, and all for a  great cause as well !

And just in case you haven’t heard of this story, check out the about section on their Facebook page here……

https://www.facebook.com/hopeforhannahbear

Stay tuned,

Levittown Comfort