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1/22/2014

Baskin-Robbins is an LA Story

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Baskin-Robbins of 31 flavors fame is actually a Los Angeles invention, mostly writ in the Valley. Imagine that.

via Baskin Robbins FB page
While searching the webs, I stumbled on Irvine Robbins' obit in the New York Times. (I know, I know, it's a bit macabre, but obituaries are somewhat enlightening to read. It is, in effect, a sum of all that's gone before.)

The article notes the first ice cream store was opened December 7, 1945 on the intersection of Adams and Palmer Streets in Glendale, California. Three years after, he and his brother-in-law, Burton Baskin, became partners. They decided whose last name goes first by...flipping a coin.

The piece ends with a little picture of Robbins' home in Encino, a house that "had a soda fountain inside and a swimming pool outside shaped like an ice cream cone." What a truly sweet prospect.

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