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January 22, 2017

Those of you who are already ice cream fanatics probably aren’t surprised to learn that vanilla is Americans’ top ice cream flavor pick or that chocolate syrup is the nation’s go-to topping. But did you know that New York City was home to the first ice cream cone? Learn more about that first crunchy container […]

January 05, 2017

Most parents spend a good deal of time instructing, correcting, and coaching their kids. As the owner of a Marble Slab Creamery franchise, you’ll see this dynamic play out in reverse many times a day with franchise ownership: kids instructing, correcting, and coaching their parents about how to create the most delectable ice cream treat […]

November 22, 2016

If you’re thinking about expanding into multi-unit franchise ownership, you’re in good company. According to industry experts, the number of multi-unit owners has increased steadily over the past couple of decades. Today, multi-unit operators own about 53 percent of all franchised businesses and over 76 percent of franchised restaurants in the United States. Factors to […]

November 12, 2016

If you’re going to invest in an ice cream franchise, then you’ll want to make sure that you respect and even love what the franchise is doing with its products and services. After all, it won’t be very rewarding to invest in a franchise that sells a product you don’t care for. Fortunately, if you’re […]

October 22, 2016

Many Americans dream of owning a business. This isn’t surprising—business ownership has always been associated with the American Dream. However, you may be hesitant to go all in on a business of your own, considering the high rate of failure involved in starting a traditional business. If this is the case, you may want to […]

October 15, 2016

Although franchise ownership won’t require you to invest as much money as it would take to get a business off the ground in the more traditional manner (starting your company from scratch without an established brand backing you), you’re still going to require a significant amount of capital to get started. Because of this, you […]

October 08, 2016

Confidence, ambition, and a commitment to your craft: These are a few of the characteristics that make a great Marble Slab Creamery franchisee. A positive attitude goes a long way, and it’s one of the most important ingredients to becoming an all-star franchisee at Marble Slab. In fact, positivity and a passion for seriously tasty […]

September 22, 2016

There are numerous benefits to franchise ownership that make it appealing to many of today’s entrepreneurs. For example, franchise businesses have outperformed the general economy in growth and stability over the last 10 years. Franchise ownership also brings you immediate brand recognition that lets you tap into a preexisting, loyal, and often large customer base. […]

September 15, 2016

You might think that there’s no way that an ice cream business could fail—everybody loves ice cream! But you would be wrong. There are many factors that determine whether your ice cream business will thrive. If you plan on opening an ice cream store like Marble Slab Creamery, then keep the following five keys to […]

September 08, 2016

When franchisees are starting out, they can make the mistake of thinking that they need a certain set amount of financing to be set for life. After all, aren’t they simply capitalizing on the proven business model and good name of a franchise? Not quite. Financing your franchise dreams is usually a nuanced undertaking. You […]

August 22, 2016

Enough already. It’s time to escape from the monotony of the daily corporate grind and become your own boss, right? It’s time to buy into an ice cream franchise. And why wouldn’t you? Everyone loves ice cream. In fact, more than 1.2 billion gallons of ice cream were produced, purchased and consumed last year in the […]

August 08, 2016

One of the American dreams that many Americans have in common is to own their own business. If you’ve decided that you want to run your own business, then there are a few options to consider that you may not have been aware of. First of all, you could go about it the traditional way […]

July 26, 2016

Millennials now compose a larger percentage of the U.S. population than any other generation, and increasingly, they are a dominant force not only on the consumer side of the market, but also on the entrepreneurial side. Over two-thirds of Millennials, according to recent surveys, prefer to be engaged in building a business than to work a […]

July 25, 2016

Today, Marble Slab Creamery is a well-known national name in the ice cream treats industry, but in 1983, it was a single-unit Houston ice cream shop called Cones & Cream. From that humble beginning, it has grown to nearly 400 locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, and much […]

July 15, 2016

If you’re comparing fast food franchises and you love ice cream, investing in a Marble Slab Creamery makes perfect sense! After all, can you think of a better way to spend your days than serving up scrumptious, freshly made frozen treats that make your customers smile with delight? While owning and operating an ice cream […]

June 25, 2016

The benefits of multi-unit franchising are well known by now: more cost-efficient marketing and advertising campaigns, greater access to the economies of scale, the ability to buffer underperformance in one location with great performance at another location, and much more flexible staffing options. Franchising insiders counsel against expanding too quickly or when you’re not quite […]

June 17, 2016

Although nobody can pinpoint the precise age of the millennial generation, most consider it to range between those born in the early 1980s to those born around the turn of the century (which is where the term millennial comes from). What we do know about millennials is that they are currently the largest generation. This […]

June 07, 2016

In many ways, choosing the right franchise opportunity is easier now than ever before. In less than an hour of searching the web, you can find hundreds of viable franchise opportunities, the financial requirements of these opportunities, and other quantitative performance metrics like customer satisfaction scores, brand reach, and franchisee satisfaction numbers. You’ll find out whether […]

May 25, 2016

Do you remember those hot summer days when your parents gathered everyone into the car and headed for the local ice cream parlor? Can you see the crowds of people walking by and getting drawn in by the promise of a cold treat? Nothing puts a smile on a child’s face faster than their favorite […]

May 17, 2016

While every franchisee is different—in terms of life circumstances, previous business and franchising experiences, and expectations—successful franchisees have more in common than you might first imagine. What’s even more surprising is that franchising in general might require different personality traits than you first think of as essential franchisee characteristics. That’s to say that one normally […]

May 11, 2016

Few people are able to fund a franchise on their own, which is why franchise financing is so important. The following are a few questions you may have about financing your franchise. 1. Is franchise financing similar to small business loans? You may have heard that banks typically don’t like to approve small business loan […]

April 25, 2016

Any company’s success is just as contingent upon the happiness of its internal customers as it is its external customers. Unfortunately, many businesses learn the hard way that happiness has a trickle-down effect from corporate to consumer. If your internal infrastructure is unhappy, devastating results can befall your bottom line. However, if you are aware of […]

April 15, 2016

Without a doubt, ice cream is one of the most beloved after-dinner treats. Kids go wild for it and adults are not far behind. In fact, having a cup or cone with friends and family generates a communal feeling that usually carries on through into one’s adult life. People are now buying more ice cream […]

April 08, 2016

Are you approaching retirement or looking for a way out of the corporate grind? Are you sensing that it’s time to be your own boss? Chances are you’ve accumulated the knowledge and experience to open your own ice cream franchise, but you’re not quite sure where to start. If this describes you, there’s no better […]

March 24, 2016

Franchises give entrepreneurs access to established brands, proven formulas, and helpful support — making them attractive ventures to current and prospective business owners. Fast-food franchises, in particular, are especially appealing to burgeoning entrepreneurs. Here’s a look at the varied opportunities within the fast-food franchise industry such as Marble Slab Creamery, along with why the industry […]

March 19, 2016

Apple pie might be the quintessential American dessert, but it’s the side of cool vanilla ice cream that really cements it as the definitive post-meal treat. A whopping eighty-six percent of Americans enjoy ice cream on a weekly basis, with such popularity leading to the designation of a National Ice Cream Month, National Ice Cream […]

March 11, 2016

It’s cold and delicious. It receives unconditional love from people in every demographic. It’s sugary and sweet and has helped countless people across the country live the American Dream. It is, of course, ice cream—and right now just might be the perfect time to invest in an ice cream franchise. According to the International Dairy […]

March 02, 2016

What was once considered a summer treat has rapidly emerged as a year-round delight, with the idea of ice cream being a seasonal product melting as quickly as ice cream on a hot day. Much like coffee, ice cream seems to have come into its own in terms of its year-round appeal. While it is […]

February 25, 2016

As you begin the New Year considering investment opportunities, you might consider putting one of the best ice cream franchises on your list. Why does everybody scream for ice cream franchises? What Does it Take to Be an Ice Cream Franchisee? Investing in a Marble Slab Creamery means you’ll finally get to be your own […]

February 18, 2016

Can you remember the first time you had a taste of ice cream? Probably not, because ice cream has always been a part of your life. Of course, you could remember the first time you stepped into a Marble Slab Creamery and experienced that unique way of creating a dessert sensation. Maybe that was also […]

February 11, 2016

As you are about to embark on the exciting opportunity to invest in your own ice cream business, you’re going to want to step up your game when it comes to managing your money. This doesn’t mean you need to go back to college and earn a business degree. Instead, it comes down to the […]

February 04, 2016

Is a top ice cream franchise in your future? It would be if you consider investing in Marble Slab Creamery, a business that has one main goal: putting a smile on a customer’s face. Clearly, every business has that same goal, but when it comes to an ice cream franchise, those smiles are dependent upon […]

January 27, 2016

If you’re wondering how to start an ice cream business, then you’re not alone in your endeavors, especially if you’ve had little to no experience at all. Most of our Marble Slab Creamery franchisees had no experience with a franchise business let alone with an ice cream business. However, that didn’t stop them from joining […]

January 21, 2016

When it comes down to serving premium ice cream creations, our Marble Slab ice cream franchise just can’t be beat. As a company that does well with putting smiles on our customers’ faces, you’ll see why investing in our franchise is an incredible business opportunity. Along with that powerful brand, you’ll find that we provide […]

January 13, 2016

With the festive atmosphere and the fun holiday spirit, the holidays are one of our most favorite times of the year. On top of gift giving and family parties, our customers love a sweet treat as they shop around for their loved ones. When our customers get to create their own custom ice cream creations, […]

December 24, 2015

When considering whether to invest in a Marble Slab Creamery, you might want to put together an ice cream franchise list. This would be a list of all those questions you might have about opening an ice cream franchise starting with what is a good food court franchise. That list can start with the following […]

December 15, 2015

How often have you thought about walking into your boss’s office and telling them you’re out of there? It’s a dream that every employee has at one time or another. Perhaps you’re at that point in your life when you’re eager to explore other business opportunities and maybe you’re even thinking about something as wild […]

December 08, 2015

What would be a good franchise to open? That’s a great question to discuss with your family and friends when you’re ready to take the plunge into becoming your own boss. You might be a fan of the popular reality show Shark Tank. That’s where would be entrepreneurs take a shot at turning their “great […]

December 02, 2015

Do you have money set aside to invest in a business? Have you considered a starting ice cream business? If the answer is, “Yes” to both of those questions, then what are you waiting for? Could there be some other issues that are holding you back from franchising? See if any of these doubts sound […]

November 21, 2015

Is today the day you woke up and said to yourself, “I should own a dessert franchise?” Perhaps your morning didn’t exactly start out that way, but if you’ve been thinking about an investment opportunity, then owning a Marble Slab Creamery could be something to give serious consideration to. Let’s stipulate for the record that […]

November 10, 2015

The first thing you have to know about the ice cream business is that it’s also a business to give out smiles. Has anyone taken a spoonful of delicious freshly-made ice cream with their choice of mix-ins and not been happy? It just doesn’t happen. That’s why ice cream is such a popular dessert. Don’t believe us? Consider […]

October 29, 2015

Are you ready to put your savings to work for you? Then perhaps you’re ready to invest in a gourmet dessert franchise like Marble Slab Creamery. Everyone loves ice cream. Add to that built in popularity the ability to watch your favorite ice cream mixture get mixed right in front of your eyes and you’ve […]

October 22, 2015

As a treat, ice cream has been around for centuries. In fact, the earliest known record of a mixture of frozen milk and rice can be traced back to China in the year 200 BC. Of course, back then the frozen part came when the milk was kept outside in the winter! Today, millions of […]

October 08, 2015

When deciding on a fast food franchise to invest in, you might find yourself drifting towards a dessert franchise. Perhaps you were inspired when seeing the constant long lines at these type of operations. Maybe you know that working with a franchise is often a reduced risked for a business investment. Or it could be […]

October 01, 2015

A solid piece of advice that a financial planner will often provide is to, “Make your money work for you.” Typically, that can mean investing in the stock market or into a business venture. Fast food franchises have become reliable sources of income for many investors. If you’re looking to start your own business, you […]

September 24, 2015

Have you been thinking about opening a franchise but didn’t know if it was the right choice for you? Here are five different reasons that will help you decide if opening up your own Marble Slab ice cream franchise is right for you. Many Different Locations Did you know that Marble Slab has over three-hundred […]

September 17, 2015

Just because the ice cream parlour is your favorite place to visit doesn’t mean you know everything there is to know about ice cream. Sure, you’ve got the important facts down like which flavor you like the best and whether you go for sprinkles or syrup on top. There is a lot more ice cream […]

September 10, 2015

Those invested in franchising will know that it definitely helps to choose a franchise that interests the franchiser. For example, if someone has a collection of shoes, they may want to take part in a shoe franchise. If someone has quilting skills, they might want to invest in a fabric and crafts corporation. If someone […]

September 03, 2015

Top Fast Food Franchises 2015 Note: The following stats, facts, and data are not specific to Marble Slab, but are written for franchising in general.  Stats, facts, and data came from This year is an excellent year to invest in a franchise, especially in a fast food franchise like Marble Slab. If you feel […]

August 27, 2015

So you want to open a franchise, do ya? Well first, there are 3 types of franchises you should be aware of. Hopefully this gives you some insight into what owning each type of franchise would be like. Business franchises Product franchises Manufacturing franchises If you are interested in owning an ice cream business, there […]

August 20, 2015

Have you ever done something that no one you knew has ever done before? Maybe you were the first to try a new food or see a new movie. Remember the excitement you felt in describing that un-done thing to your friends and family? You may even have tried to convince them to do it […]

August 13, 2015

Whether you are just getting into the franchising business or you have already experienced the joys and difficulties of franchising, you know that owning a dessert franchise can be both rewarding and demanding. You are given a responsibility and told that what you own represents a greater company. Your decisions and actions will reflect on […]

August 06, 2015

Whether you own a franchise or are interested in joining the industry, chances are you have done some research. Perhaps you have a desire to join the ice cream business. Through blogs, articles, and other sources you learned about the franchise owner’s experience. Related Posts Don’t Read This Blog if You Like Punching the Time […]

July 29, 2015

Thirty years ago, one of the top fast food franchises in the US opened its doors. Happy customers rushed inside, excited to enjoy ice cream, hand-made in the store, then served however they liked. They chose from a variety of delicious flavors, decided between one scoop or two, and picked out which sweets they wanted […]

July 22, 2015

With summer heating up, you may feel a vacation coming on. Unfortunately, your day job won’t let you get away. If you try taking more than three days off, your boss is suddenly standing behind your chair, arms folded, eyebrows straight, and questions blunt: “Did you finish that report?” “Can you really afford a vacation […]

July 09, 2015

Did you grow up eating ice cream as your after-school snack? Did you take every date to the ice cream parlor and order two scoops? Did you check for local ice cream stores nearby when shopping for your first house? If you said yes to any of the questions above, you need to learn more […]

July 02, 2015

This is an age of opportunities. People from all over the world are discovering what they are capable of through talent, hard work, and passion. Some people are discovering their capabilities through education. Some people are discovering through family. And some people are discovering that they have what it takes to make it in the […]

June 25, 2015

You may think owning a franchise is far out of your reach. But it might be closer than you think. If you think you would like to try joining one of the best dessert franchises around, keep reading.   Who can own a franchise? If you are willing to make a large investment, work hard, […]

June 18, 2015

“Ice cream: the perfect cure for everything!” How can the best ice cream franchise be a cure for everything? How can ice cream be a cure for anything? Consider the following examples. A boy likes a girl. He asks her out for a bowl of ice cream. A boy doesn’t like a girl. She finds […]

June 12, 2015

Frozen yogurt franchises may have become fairly popular in recent years, however, that popularity is dwindling rapidly. Why? The reason is because it’s the new “healthy yogurt kick” is merely a fad. So, if you’re trying to decide what is the best franchise to open, it’s not recommended to go with trendy frozen yogurt. Stick […]

June 02, 2015

What do fast food franchises have in common? They all know where to find great opportunities to enhance their business. They don’t leave life to chance, they take the opportunities they’re given and make them ten times better. Here are a few windows every great ice cream franchise owner takes advantage of: That’s the Spot: Location is […]

May 28, 2015

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Should I open a franchise?” Are you interested in learning how to start an ice cream business? It’s not easy starting an ice cream franchise. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But it’s also incredibly satisfying and rewarding. So, to help you decide if you’re ready […]

May 21, 2015

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take advantage of a great ice cream franchise opportunity and open your very own franchise. This is an exciting time. Franchises are a great way to own your own business without starting completely from scratch. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to create a great ice […]

May 15, 2015

Whether it’s soft serve on a cone, or sherbet with gummy bears mixed in, people love Marble Slab creamery and flock to it in droves during the hot summer months for a refreshing treat. Seasonal flavors What makes Marble Slab such a great business venture is that you’ll find that business doesn’t just boom during […]

May 01, 2015

When thinking about investing in a franchise opportunity, different people will have different thoughts and impressions. Some may think, “What a perfect opportunity!” while some may think “I don’t know… that sounds pretty tough.” When you weigh out all the steps needed to get rolling with an ice cream franchise opportunity, you’ll find that it’s […]

April 29, 2015

If you’re looking into your options for an ice cream franchise opportunity, chances are you have some questions. At Marble Slab, we fully encourage all prospective franchisees to ask as many questions as they need to get to know the business, our processes, and an outlook for their future as a franchise owner. Take a […]

April 27, 2015

Have you been considering opening a mall franchise, but find yourself deterred by rumors that shopping malls are a dying breed? Don’t let the gossip fool you – shopping malls aren’t dying, and a mall franchise isn’t an ominous curse on your business’s future. In fact, research is showing that malls are on the rise, […]

April 17, 2015

Do you find yourself eager to think of exciting new business and professional opportunities, but having trouble deciding which is the right one for you? Whether or not you’ve considered a franchise, now is the time to stop and consider investing in a franchise with a strong, reputable brand with a great business model and […]

March 27, 2015

While there’s no set way to run your dessert franchise, there are some definite steps you can in the right direction, as well as some definite steps you can take toward self-sabotage. During your purchase, opening, and running process, be sure to keep in mind the definite don’ts of owning a dessert franchise. #1: Ignore […]

March 18, 2015

When many people describe their dream job, they might say that they own their own company or business. They might say that they don’t have to work in a cubicle every day with a group of coworkers that they’re not so crazy about. They might say that they want a bigger role in the types […]

March 12, 2015

Looking to own a dessert franchise? You’ve probably been doing hours of research on how best to go about it for the best chances of survival. There are hundreds of do’s and don’ts that we can give you to keep up with your industry, stay ahead of the game, and reach all of your personal […]

March 05, 2015

Do you have a 9-to-5 that makes you drag out of bed in the morning? Some people are fortunate enough to have found their dream job: the one that makes them beam a grin of satisfaction every morning when the alarm goes off and it’s time to start another day. Unfortunately, though, many people will […]

February 26, 2015

It’s an age-old question: “How do I become a good business owner?” Unfortunately, we can’t run through all aspects of that question in one sitting. But there are some key considerations to keep in mind for an ice cream franchise owner or potential owner. When the foundations are in place, business owners will find that […]

February 18, 2015

When investing, potential ice cream franchise owners are often hyped up on the great opportunities that owning a franchise presents. To make a reasonable decision and not be surprised when challenges come along, however, it is important to also consider the difficulties that owning an ice cream franchise presents. Here are some of the good, […]

February 11, 2015

Many people find it daunting to think of owning a franchise, or any other business for that matter. Counter-arguments may say that the economy won’t allow healthy business growth or it’s simply too hard to manage a business in today’s environment. However, being a dessert franchise owner is possible if you’re ready to work hard! […]

February 05, 2015

When looking into buying a dessert franchise, any savvy businessman or businesswoman will take the time to put in their due diligence about researching the companies they’re looking into doing business with. But sometimes you simply won’t find all the facts. Furthermore, there may be some myths or misconceptions that may taint the view of […]

January 25, 2015

For those looking into opening a business, it’s important to examine all choices from all directions. Are you looking to open an independent business, or would you like to join an already-established brand to purchase a franchise? This is an especially important consideration for ice cream businesses. There are some distinct benefits for exploring an […]

January 20, 2015

Who says that all ice cream stores are the same? If you’re looking into owning an ice cream franchise, you’ve probably encountered at least a couple of misconceptions or generalizations. It’s important to be able to decipher myths from reality, especially when it comes to a prospective new business venture. Make sure you know all […]

December 23, 2014

Opening a Marble Slab Creamery ice cream store is a dream come true for many entrepreneurs. Ice cream is fun to make and delicious to eat. There is nothing quite like being the one to serve ice cream to an enthusiastic child! However, selling ice cream may present challenges, especially during the cold winter months. […]

December 23, 2014

Ice cream is enticing for most children and adults, but going out for ice cream is about more than just the product. The whole experience of going out for ice cream is a special treat that has been used to motivate countless boys and girls to behave and still evokes feelings of nostalgia for many […]

December 08, 2014

Known for having the most comfortable year-round temperatures and some of the biggest tourist attractions in the United States, California is wonderful place for franchisee candidates to open a Marble Slab Creamery location. California offers a large diversity of settings, from small suburban towns to large internationally known cities. Franchisees can choose to live on […]

December 01, 2014

Starting a Marble Slab Creamery franchise in a new location can give potential franchisee candidates the opportunity to explore new options for places to live. New York State offers a plethora of different types of cities and towns that can suit nearly any franchisee’s dream lifestyle. Many of the smaller towns and cities are also […]

November 26, 2014

While most people don’t associate ice cream with the holidays, a creative franchisee can alter that perception and forge new holiday traditions with their loyal customers. Adding some holiday flair to advertisements and store decor will capture the interest of new customers while helping to initiate the association between Marble Slab Creamery and the holidays. […]

November 12, 2014

Selling ice cream in the desert may be a great prospect for an individual that wishes to open a Marble Slab Creamery franchise location. Arizona offers franchisees plenty of places where the climate soars over a hundred degrees on most days, which could be ideal for peddling ice cream. Arizona also offers a variety of […]

November 04, 2014

The landscape of the ice cream industry has been changing with the introduction of concepts such as serve yourself frozen yogurt and the rise of mix-in gourmet ice cream. Marble Slab Creamery is one of the original high-quality mix to order ice cream shops, but franchisees must beware of becoming too comfortable in this highly […]

October 22, 2014

In the highly saturated ice cream industry, not all ice cream franchises are created equal. While visiting neighborhood ice cream shops will help franchisees understand the local arena, it is important for ice cream franchisees to be aware of the top competitors in the industry on a national scale. To see how Marble Slab Creamery […]

October 16, 2014

The ice cream industry is rapidly changing, with new competitors coming onto the scene every year. In the ice cream industry, it is crucial to be aware of the major competitors and how they place in the grand scheme. With such a fast-paced franchise industry, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the competition can be […]

October 02, 2014

Ice cream shops have been around for generations and have survived through the best and the worst of economic times. About 90 percent of the American population reports eating ice cream at least once a month, and many seek the old-time charm of an ice cream store to satisfy their sweet tooth. Marble Slab Creamery […]

September 17, 2014

The coolest treat available is now causing a flurry in the franchise world. Surviving and thriving through economic shifts, ice cream franchises offer customers a sense of familiarity and comfort that can help make a bad day good or a good day better. Ice cream evokes nostalgia in most adults, and a trip to the […]

September 12, 2014

Marble Slab Creamery takes a lot of the headache out of starting an ice cream franchise. Marble Slab Creamery offers potential ice cream shop owners a great business model and attachment to one of the leading names in the ice cream industry, along with guidance through each step of the franchising process. Continuous training assistance also helps […]

September 05, 2014

The ice cream shop experience is one like no other. Many people find themselves enjoying it so much that they wish to make the ice cream shop setting a part of daily life by pursuing a career as an ice cream franchisee. While ice cream franchises come in as many varieties as ice cream itself, […]

August 30, 2014

Ice cream is something that almost everyone can get behind. In fact, almost 90 percent of U.S. households eat ice cream. While this may help to ensure a vast potential market, it does not necessarily ensure a great ice cream franchise. Before purchasing an ice cream franchise, there are several important considerations that potential franchisees should […]