‘Ice Cream Bob’ calls it a career and shuts down Creemee’s booth

                After two decades of whirls and smiles, Ice Cream Bob's has closed its shop.  He converted the old railroad ticket office near the tracks in 2002, starting out as Ben & Jerry's for the first four years and eventually moving to Vermont's famous soft serve ice cream.  "It's the best job I've ever had," Saffi said.  .  "What I enjoyed the most was seeing the smiles on their faces."  On Monday, the regulars came over for one last treat and to say "thank you" and "goodbye."  "It brought tears to my eyes," Saffi said.  "You don't realize how much people love coming here and it was hard for me."  Bram Kleppner has been a loyal customer for 15 years.  He was walking from his home to Bob's alongside his daughter Gabrielle.  "Ice Cream Bob is kind of an institution," Kleppner said.  "Want to grab some cream? Let's go to Ice Cream Bob's is the answer."It's not just Bob and his regulars who will miss this place, but the people who have worked for him over the years."Bob is the one of the best mentors," said Grace Law, an employee, "he's one of the hardest working people I've ever met."  Ice Cream Bob said goodbye to his small waterfront business, leaving behind a legacy as sweet as the treat he served.  "You don't realize how many people you've touched," Saffi said, "You think you're just selling ice cream, but you're not just selling ice cream. You make lifelong friends doing this job.
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                <strong class="dateline">BURLINGTON, Vermont—</strong>                                          <p>After two decades of whirls and smiles, Ice Cream Bob's has closed its shop.

Bob Saffi, otherwise known as “Ice Cream Bob”, retired after 20 years of creeme service at the Burlington Waterfront. It converted the old railroad box office near the tracks in 2002, starting out as Ben & Jerry’s for the first four years and eventually moving to Vermont’s famous soft serve ice cream.

“It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” Saffi said. “What I enjoyed the most was seeing the smiles on their faces.”

On Monday, regulars dropped by for a final treat and to say “thank you” and “goodbye.”

“It brought tears to my eyes,” Saffi said. “You don’t realize how much people love coming here and it was hard for me.”

Bram Kleppner has been a loyal customer for 15 years. He would walk from his home to Bob’s alongside his daughter Gabrielle.

“Ice Cream Bob is kind of an institution,” Kleppner said. “Want some cream? Let’s go to Ice Cream Bob’s, that’s the way to go.”

it’s not just Bob and his regulars who will miss this place, but the people who have worked for him over the years.

“Bob is one of the best mentors,” said Grace Law, an employee. “He’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met.”

Now 80, with more than 50 years in the hospitality business, Bob said now was the right time.

Ice Cream Bob said goodbye to his small waterfront business, leaving behind a legacy as sweet as the candy bar he served.

“You don’t realize how many people you’ve affected,” Saffi said, “You think you’re just selling ice cream, but you’re really not just selling ice cream. You make friends for life doing this job.”

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