Ice Cream

'Bank' Pays Interest in Ice Cream, Drawing Fire from Regulators

State regulators are cool to a Pittsburgh businessman's idea for a bank that pays interest in ice cream shop gift cards. The Pennsylvania Department of Banking says they want Ethan Clay to shut down the community bank he's set up at Oh Yeah! ice cream and coffee shop.

What Mark Zuckerberg Can Learn From Ben and Jerry

Facebook's first few days as a public company have been a rocky road. Moving ahead, Mark Zuckerberg would do well to recall the lesson of two other iconoclastic company founders: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The tale of Ben & Jerry bears a bracing similarity to his own.

Not So Friendly's: Bankrupt Chain Lays Off 1,260

The 63 restaurants Friendly's closed on Wednesday resulted in about 1,260 layoffs -- more than 12% of the company's 10,300 person workforce. Everyone from managers to dishwashers were told Tuesday evening that the following day would be their last at Friendly's.

Businesses That Win When the Weather Gets Hot

As the Northeast wilts under a heatwave, sales in the ice cream, air conditioner, pools, sea-shore-related and bowling center segments have spiked with the temperature. The hot sales are a welcome relief for the industries that have been burnt by the recession.