Blast into Bristol Blitz
by Cate Murway
The cold stuff is here. Ice Cream churns such sweet memories that never fade away.
Are you an ice cream connoisseur?
Well, Bristol Blitz is a total gem, serving icy heaven in a cup, the queen of all treats served up a scoop.
The origins of ice cream can be traced back to at least A.D 54–68: For centuries, iced desserts were a rare and exotic treat, a luxury. Roman Emperor Nero is said to have sent his slaves into the mountains to fetch snow, to mix with nectar, fruit pulp, and honey.
The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776. American colonists were the first to use the term "ice cream". The name came from the phrase "iced cream" that was similar to "iced tea" but was later abbreviated to "ice cream" the name we know today and the ice cream shop has since become an icon of American culture.
Bristol Blitz is an old-fashioned ice cream shop, selling "real" ice cream, soft serve and frozen yogurt. Enjoy the frosty stuff in cones and cups or savor the creamy, dreamy sunshine in a bowl.
Ice cream was served by several famous Americans. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson served it to their guests.
The Bristol Blitz treat- master himself is the decidedly upbeat, Gary Nicholas Paul who was born in Los Angeles, CA in Children’s Hospital.
“Out of 31 children born that day, I was the only boy. The doctor who delivered me also delivered John Wayne’s son.”
Gary’s late mother, Helen [Harmon] was from Knoxville, TN and his 91-year-old father, Nicholas, one of 14 children, who currently resides in South Carolina, was born in historic Bristol on the Delaware.
His paternal grandparents, Luigi “Louis” and Concetta [Borelli] Paul emigrated from Italy. His grandfather worked in the Grundy Textile Mill.
Gary’s father, Nick Paul had a twin, Francis who died of a broken neck at the age of nine. He was a machinist at Westinghouse in Trenton. Gary also worked there for a time as a maintenance mechanic in the machine shop in the lamp division.
Before Gary was born, his dad was a motor cycle policeman in LA and an automotive mechanic at Paramount Pictures where they lived on the studio property. As an infant, Gary played in a movie with actor Gary Cooper. “My mom named me for him.”
His father was an extra in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and it was he who lifted Esther Williams at the end of the picture. His paycheck was a box lunch and $20.00.
Gary was seven when they moved back to Bristol and he enrolled as one of the first students at Warren Snyder Elementary. Pvt. 1st Class Gary graduated from [BMI], Bordentown Military Institute, a private high school in Bordentown, NJ.
He is the eldest, and his two younger sisters are Francis “Frannie”, who owns a Mortgage Company in Toms River, NJ, and Dr. Roseann, a dentist in SC.
After graduation, Gary married and resided on Pine Street in Bristol before moving to New Jersey. He was the sole proprietor of the Help-U- Sell Consignment Auto for 30 years on the exact location of his current business, Bristol Blitz.
His entrepreneur Uncle Danny owned the Amoco service station across the street, the Zion Trucking Company and the Danny Paul softball team. His late Uncle Danny is the only one with a college degree and, of special interest to Gary, Danny Paul was a race car driver.
“I always wanted to drive the #32 race car. I was a pit guy.” Gary also once owned a pickup business “Have Truck, Will Travel” moving washers and dryers just to make gas money.
He was never asked to be the race car driver, but Gary is the proud owner of a red and white corvette convertible.
His Uncle’s new race driver at that time was Ken Tucker, a realtor at March Realty in NJ. He sponsored Gary to go to the Mel Funk Sales Institute of Real Estate.
Gary shared his birth date with author/ progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking", Norman Vincent Peale [1898 – 1993] who advocated, “ Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.”
Gary pursued his dream of wearing a suit and tie.
He opened his Peoples Realty Associates at the age of 24 years.
“I am an all-American entrepreneur. I can do anything, born in Bristol and no formal education.”
He was quickly involved in building 66 new homes and was “Top Salesman” every month.
Gary was dubbed “Mr. Personality” at the Casel Agency, Inc.
Sales manager, Paul Greiner had stated, “Professionalism is our modus operendi and men of Gary’s caliber will compliment the high standards of Casel Agency.”
The original plan after retiring from his Help-U-Sell car dealership on Bristol Pike was to sell root beer, a seasonal business.
Even though seasonal businesses are open only a few months of the year, they present savvy entrepreneurs with a big opportunity.
His Bristol Blitz offers milk shakes, sundaes, water ice, gelati- a layering of a favorite Italian Ice and creamy frozen custard; frozen yogurt, pretzels and hot dogs. He serves sugar-free and fat-free ice cream as well.
His wife, Joanne Gema assists him on the weekends and his daughter, Kimberly Rosenblatt and his grandson Kenny also work with him. His son, Danny has pursued a career as an HVAC technician.
Gary and his wife and two children have always been dedicated to family and still find time for related civic events. He currently sponsors the Bristol Little League softball team.
There’s no indoor seating at the Bristol Blitz, it’s a take-out-window style ice cream shop. You take your ice cream in a cup or a cone, and go.
There is much controversy over who invented the first ice cream cone.
There were more than 50 ice cream vendors and more than a dozen waffle stands selling their wares at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the “Louisiana Purchase Exposition” that marked the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.
The walk-away edible cone was originally the "World's Fair Cornucopia”. Syrian immigrant, Ernest A. Hamwi’s waffle booth was next to that of the teenage ice cream vendor, Arnold Fornachou, who ran short of his paper serving dishes. Hamwi rolled one of his “zalabia” [ waffles] to contain ice cream and the cone was born.
By 1924, the edible container had vaulted into popularity and Americans were consuming upwards of 245 million cones per year.
“I’ll have what they’re having…”
90% of the nation's population consumes ice cream.
Bristol Blitz will make you want to break even a strict diet with their large selection of creative, decadent flavors, flavor of the day, and holiday-specific essence selections. The confection perfection can be presented in a variety of pokes or cornets: waffle, sugar, pretzel, cake cones and specialty cones, hand dipped in chocolate.
Just add a double scoop of your favorite ice cream and lick to your heart’s content.
Sticky fingers from melted popsicles, brain freezes and colored tongues epitomize happy warm days, joy and the peak of childhood nostalgia.
It's fun to juggle a melting cone at any age, just as it was as a child.
Yum! Pure, sweet, cool, love.
In fact, I think the clock winds back a bit with every lick.
Enjoy the little things. They really are the BIG things.
Here’s the scoop- opening day is Friday March 22, 2103 from 10:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M.
You’ll have an absolute blast freezing yourself.
If you're in the area, check out Bristol Blitz... and if you're not,…then hurry!
Ice cream is the Great American Dessert.
So give it a shot….ask for the Bristol Bullet!
“The ice cream cone is the only ecologically sound package known. It is the perfect package.” - American government official in 1969
In 1984, the 40th US President, Ronald Wilson Reagan [1911-2004] designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He also named the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day.
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Daniel Paul lifelong Bristol Boro resident died Saturday August 15, 2009 in Chandler Hall Hospice. He was 79.
Daniel was an Army veteran who owned and operated his own service station and auto repair shop in Bristol for 51 years. He was a member of the VFW Billington Post in Levittown. Danny’s passion was working on cars. He even built and raced his own car. He also enjoyed woodworking.
He was pre deceased by his parents Louis and Concetta Paul.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Lorraine (DeMarchis) Paul and daughter Diane Watson and husband William of Bristol; 3 grandchildren Daniel and Andrew Walp and Lori Ann Paci; 3 great-grandchildren Christian, Louis and Natalie Rose; a brother Nicholas Paul and sister Cecelia Sleep; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 9 to 10:30am at the Molden Funeral Chapel 133 Otter Street Bristol, Pa. 19007 with services starting at 11:00am. Interment will be in Bristol Cemetery.
Family request donations to Chandler Hall Hospice 99 Barclay St. Newtown, Pa 18940 or Bristol Assembly of God Church Walnut and Wood Streets Bristol, Pa. 19007
Gary's Great Uncle Albert
Albert Paul Sr., age 88, of Tourscher Road, Dushore, PA passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008 at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA.
Al was born January 19, 1920 at home in Bristol, PA a son of the late Luigi & Concetta Borelli DiPaolo both born in Italy. He served during WWII in the US Navy Seabees. He married the former Marie Lizzi and resided in Bristol, PA. Al was a heavy equipment operator and belonged to Local 542 Operating Engineers. He retired to Sullivan County in 1982. His loving wife Marie predeceased him on October 23, 1998.
Al was a member of the Rock Run Assembly of God and the Bristol Assembly of God.
Al was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed his retirement in Cherry Township.
Surviving:Son: Albert Paul Jr. Dublin, PA, Daughter and son-in-law: Janet & Charles Guido Bristol, PA, Brother: Nicholas Paul Burlington, NJ, Sister: Cecelia (Garnet) Sleep Columbus, OH
3 grandchildren: Talia L Guido, Paul B. Guido and Anthony A. Paul, 1great granddaughter, Guiliana M. Guido and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 1 P.M. at the Molden Funeral Home, 133 Otter St., Bristol, PA. Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.
Friends may call on Saturday from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service at the Molden Funeral Home.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to homerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rock Run Assembly of God Church, Route 220, Muncy Valley, PA. Phone 570-482-2277