“On the road again. Just can’t wait to get back on that road again…”
Okay, if I’m being totally honest, I could wait. We’ve driven so much in the last 5 days! But what’s been waiting at the end of every drive has been totally worth it. Great franchisees. Phenomenal giveback stories. Plus, adventure and fun. We truly feel like we’ve been on the road for over a week because of all we’ve seen and done. I can’t imagine what it’s going to feel like at the end of the 2 weeks.
We woke up early this morning, traveled back to downtown Raleigh to get some more footage and then set out for Greenville, SC. Justin and Ben had to remind me numerous times that it was a Saturday morning as I kept making comments such as, “Wow, what time does everyone go to work around here? It’s 8. Shouldn’t there be more traffic?” and “That Bojangles was really busy for 11 o’clock!” Yeah, we’ve – I guess I should say I’ve – completely lost track of what day of the week it is. Regardless, we made it safe and sound to Greenville.
Our first stop was at the Greenville Zoo, where we met up with Scott Mackey, our Greenville franchisee! He’s at the Greenville Zoo 7 days a week and as a result, gives back a sizable amount. We were given the opportunity to speak with Dr. Heather Miller, senior administrator and veteranarian. She gave us some insight into the zoo and what the money that Scott gives back is used for. She also took us on a tour of the zoo and showed us a bunch of really cool exhibits. What a neat experience! Justin and Ben were almost eaten by lion, but they got out just in time. No worries.
After the zoo, we headed out to the Mackey’s house and we got to meet his wonderful family – his wife, Angela and children, Lydia, Gideon and Adeline. Donned in Kona gear, they gave us a rundown of the way they do business and then sat down with us to discuss why giving back is so important. They really are such a neat family and they’ve got stocking the trucks down to a science. And let’s not even start with Scott’s levels of sour shots. There are 10 levels and he says them all in about 5 seconds. Which is really impressive. All I know is that the last one is “falling on your knees, crying to your Mama sour”. Ben tried that and there were some tears shed. Okay, so he didn’t cry. But his face did pucker up real good. PLUS, our new flavor of choice at this stop was Pumpkin Pie. And while that may sound gross as a shaved ice flavor, I am here to tell you that it is actually AMAZING. It tasted just like pumpkin pie. I may have to have my own personal flavor stash of this flavor in my desk at the office. Yes, it was that good.
From there we went to interview Laurie Rovin, a director with the Pendleton Place for Children and Families – a local place of safety and comfort for children hurt by abuse or neglect. Laurie gave us some real insight to this wonderful place and what it takes to run such an organization. She much appreciated Scott’s generous spirit and his willingness to come give these kids an escape from reality – even if only for a short time. Scott is looking forward to doing more work with them in the future.
Our next stop on the grand tour is LaGrange, GA with Calvin Neely. We’re looking forward to hearing about his work with a local Grief Camp.
If you’d like to learn more about the Greenville Zoo, check out their website here: http://www.greenvillezoo.com/
If you’d like to see what’s going on with the Pendleton Place for Children & Families, check them out here: http://www.pendletonplace.org/
And last but not least, if you want to see what’s up with Mackey’s and Kona Ice of Greenville, follow their page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kona-Ice-Greenville-SC/248089098575555?v=wall
Check out some Behind the Scenes pictures below. And make sure to follow our hashtag on Instagram – #konagivebacktrip
Interviewing Dr. Heather Miller in front of the giraffe exhibit.
Check out that lion!
Scott was trying to leave the zoo, but some kids chased him down, so of course he stopped and we got some good footage!
Time to interview the Mackey’s!
The fam between questions. Adorable.
I’m telling you, they’ve got this down to a science. Adeline rides her scooter to transport the flavor jugs. Best idea ever!
Seriously, how cute is she?
And the final jib shot with the whole family!