We at Incredible Pizza know we have a lot to be thankful for all year long. There might be a myriad of reasons for us to give thanks, but they all come down to two things: our guests and our employees. They are the secret recipe that make the incredible moments happen. We could go on all day about how incredible both are, but we figure you have other things to do today besides read this post. (Like getting ready for a certain big meal coming up this week!) So here are the top ten reasons we’re thankful for our guests and employees:
10: We thank our guests for trusting us with their birthdays. We know how important that party is, and we’re grateful every single time you entrust such a special day to us. Of course, those birthdays wouldn’t be quite the same without our party hosts; the energy and enthusiasm they bring is what makes the day incredible!
9: We’re thankful to our employees for fearlessly tackling field trip season with us. Each year as May approaches, the entire company takes a collective deep breath. We take one last look at each other as if to say, “If I don’t make it, tell Ma I love her” and we roll up our sleeves and wade into a sea of buses and children amped up on the joy a day in an indoor amusement park—and the sweet promise of summer being right around the corner. It’s an insanely stressful month, but it’s also incredibly exciting. There’s a feeling in the air that’s indescribable. And when you survive field trip season, well, we’re pretty sure it’s akin to climbing Everest or finishing the Iditarod.
8: We’re thankful to our guests and employees for helping us give back. Each year, Incredible Pizza guests bring in school supplies for children in need, canned food to feed the hungry, art supplies for children in the hospital, and more. Whenever we say there is a need, time and again you fill it. Our employees give their time for things like the United Way Day of Caring. They Bowl for Kids’ Sake to raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Iggy the Mascot attends charitable events and races. Employees organize events to raise money for their local communities and causes they care about and then our amazing guests pack the house to show their support. It’s pretty incredible watching people come together to make the world a better place.
7: Speaking of community, one of our favorite things to do each year is participate in parades. We try to make it to one each year in each city where we have a store. There is a lot of work that happens behind the scenes to make that happen, and we’re so grateful for everyone who pitches in to do their part (and to our ah-mazing float driver). The day of, our corporate office and store employees donate their time to run alongside the float and hand out candy. Sometimes even our families and customers help us out. The excitement in the air at a parade is palpable. We adore being a part of our communities in such a special way, and we couldn’t do it without you.
6: We might only make it to one parade a year, but thanks to our employees, we’re able to attend other community events throughout the year. Festivals, fairs, expos, marathons, and more line our calendar in each city we’re a part of. That wouldn’t be possible without our employees being willing to give of their time to lug the tent, set up the prize wheel, and spend a day – often in adverse conditions – holding down the fort. And all of that effort would be pointless without our guests stopping by to say hi, joke around, and take their turn at the prize wheel.
5: We’re thankful to our customers for sharing their triumphs with us. One of the first things we ask when a guest walks through our door is if they are celebrating anything. The answers run the gamut: sports teams, scouts, youth groups, clubs, corporate groups… the list goes on. It’s easy to recognize the happy chatter of a group that’s there to celebrate a triumph or accomplishment.
4: On the flip side of that, our guests and employees are both pretty fantastic about helping us celebrate our triumphs, too. When we open a new attraction or store, you’re there to help us celebrate. Not just our guests, but our employees, too. We have a private group on Facebook for our employees to share what’s happening in their corner of Incredible Pizza. The wall is filled with triumphs and shared experiences, big and small—from the snazzy new flyer display case being hung, to a store’s grand opening, to surviving field trip season. Pictures of moments we want to celebrate with each other fill that virtual room.
3: We’re thankful to our guests and employees for sharing those beautiful smiles with us for marketing pictures. It’s not uncommon – especially the closer to Springfield you get – to see a member of the marketing team walking around with a camera asking if they can take a picture of you or your family. (Hint: we’ll give you a free attraction or game card if you say yes.) Sure, we could hire models for our photo shoots or get stock photos. There’s no shortage of sites to find even free pictures on. But you are the face of Incredible Pizza. We don’t want to share meaningless pictures of people who don’t know us; we want to shine a spotlight on the real guest and the real employee. It’s your beautiful smiles that tell our story.
2: A couple of years ago, we started talking a lot more about #IncredibleMoments. We have monthly drawings to give away a $100 VIP Pass for four, and all you have to do to enter is post pictures of your special moments on our social media feeds and use the hashtag #IncredibleMoments. Every so often, we talk about ending the contest for something new or fresh but we can never seem to. We enjoy seeing those pictures too much. Each week, families “check in” on social with pictures and snippets about why they chose to walk through our doors. I have to fight the urge to hashtag them all—because they’re all incredible moments. And whether you enter the contest or not, we’re thankful each and every time you share a photo on our social feeds. For many of us, those pictures are the exact reason we do what we do.
1: And the number one reason we are thankful for our guests and employees … for helping us make something special, where family and friendship is still valued. Our founder created Incredible Pizza because he wanted a way for families and friends to connect, to spend time together, to play together. His dream was for Incredible Pizza to be a place where all of the world’s problems are checked at the door as moms and dads play with their children. Brothers and sisters team up to slay a dragon—or dinosaur—together. Friends giggle until their sides hurt. That’s special, and we get to be part of that every day because of you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Red noses are sweeping the nation in an epidemic of kindness! So what’s with the nose? It’s funny, it’s fun, and sharing a laugh brings people together. People across the country are wearing Red Noses and organizing FUN-raisers all to help kids who need it most. At Incredible Pizza, we love helping kids, and we know our customers do, too, so of course we donned our red noses for the cause!
Saturday, May 7, Walgreens will be onsite at Incredible Pizza from 11 – 3 to sell red noses in preparation for national Red Nose Day on May 26! Each nose costs $1, and the money raised goes to fight child poverty across the globe and at home.
Purchase your nose from Walgreens the day of our Incredible Red Nose event, and you’ll receive a coupon good for a free attraction in return! Bring that coupon inside to have an incredible time with your family, and we’ll donate a portion of the initial sales from your visit back to Red Nose Day!
So get seriously silly with us and let’s make a difference for kids!
The Incredible Pizza Company Foundation (IPC Foundation) was founded in the Fall of 2007 by Incredible Pizza Company (IPC) owners, Rick and Cheryl Barsness. They founded the IPC Foundation with the sole purpose to donate money to missionaries and orphanages across the nation. Two specific examples of very large donations through the IPC Foundation include; $24,000 to the Convoy of Hope, a non profit organization and $6500 to Care to Learn, a fund managed by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.
To learn more about the IPC Foundation, please visit the Community page located under (Our Story) on our website.
Stay tuned on our Facebook page and website for more information on our latest promotions.
We can’t say how thankful we are to be a company that is able to give so much back to our community. Each year we give thousands of dollars in prize donations, game cards, and sponsorships back to various non profits organizations within our community.
Our vision statement states, “Families and friends come together at America’s Incredible Pizza Company for incredible experiences and fun memories, bringing them back again and again. We are actively involved with children providing a positive influence in their lives. Who we hire is the most important decision we make.We promote a strong, fun work ethic, encouraging the development of good moral character and values. We provide a fun environment for training, developing, recognizing and rewarding our employees with the goal of promoting from within. We maintain our reputation as the industry leader with unique and innovative ideas for bringing families together through great food, fun, family and friends.” In order to abide by this we strive to be as philanthropic as possible and because we are a company that brings families together, we want to show these families we “pay it forward” and others can too!
We want to start 2016 off right. Each week, in the month of January, we will highlight a different non-profit organization we support. We will discuss what we’ve done and what these non-profits are all about.
Stay tuned on our website and Facebook pages for more information and ways that you can get involved!
I know what you’re thinking, why would I come to Incredible Pizza during the holiday season, when I have all of this preparing to do? I have the ANSWERS for you! While,
you may have lots of holiday planning to do, we can be the perfect stress reliever for your family. Holidays are about being together and we can provide just that. See the top 5 reasons to INCREDIBLIZE your holiday season below;
1. Positive environment- Incredible Pizza Company is FILLED with smiling faces on a daily basis. Our employees are ecstatic to be here and love to make sure our guests feel the same. We want to make sure everyone has the most INCREDIBLE experience.
2. Safe for children- There’s nothing worse than taking your child some where and not feeling like they are in an overall safe environment. Well, there’s no worries with us. We only have ONE entrance into our building, so there’s one only one way in or out, which makes it less likely for your child to leave the building without you. Also, our staff is always “on it”! We work together as a team to make sure everyone is as safe as they can be.
3. INCREDIBLE Food- We have an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT buffet, that includes an UNLIMITED pizza, Mexican, homestyle, salad, and dessert bar. We also have unlimited Coke products along with flavored waters, tea, and coffee.
4. INCREDIBLE Games-There are over 100 assorted video, prize, and ticket games in our Fairgrounds area. We also have our bigger main attractions, such as our go karts and laser tag, among may more fun-filled attractions.
5. Family Togetherness-Life is too short to not make the most INCREDIBLE memories with your family. At Incredible Pizza Company, there’s a life long memory to be made by guests of all ages. From having a nice family dinner to playing a lively game of laser tag, we have it all for you!
We here at Incredible Pizza Company just want to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS & a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Put some INCREDIBLE into your holiday season this year and make the memory!
There is much thanks to be had here at America’s Incredible Pizza Company! You’ve heard how thankful we are for our INCREDIBLE guests and our INCREDIBLE employees. Now, it’s time to shed some light on our delicious food!
We have an unlimited ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT buffet with many varieties of food, a pizza bar, Mexican bar, salad bar, American bar, and dessert bar. We also have UNLIMITED Coke products. Many people don’t realize that we will make any pizza you’d like FRESH and bring it to your table for you.
We are SO thankful for all of the INCREDIBLE food we have to supply our guests with. It brings us great joy to see how happy it makes people.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE GAMES AND ATTRACTIONS!! 🙂 We have over 100 videos games, prize games, ticket games, and major attractions. We love seeing the smiles on our guests faces as they play our wonderful games. We are truly thankful!
ACCEPTANCE- Our INCREDIBLE employees are more than accepting of any new employees that join our Incredible Pizza Company (IPC) family, which is great for work morale.
TEAMWORK- Here at IPC we work together as 1 unit and this makes for a much smoother performance and allows our guests to have a better experience.
ACCOUNTABILITY- We count on our employees for so much and they are always there in times of need.
CARING- Our employees truly care about our guests and the overall experience they help provide for them.
FAMILY-At IPC we are one big happy family, there are good times and hard times, but together we can accomplish anything!
We are truly thankful for each and everyone of our employees. None of this would be possible without them and it’s an honor to be a part of such an INCREDIBLE team.
SMILES-It truly brings us happiness to see the smiles on our guests faces when they visit us at America’s Incredible Pizza Company!
MEMORIES-It’s amazing to be able to witness the INCREDIBLE family memories that are being made every day.
APPRECIATION-We love how much our guests appreciate everything we do!
LOYALTY-It’s great how our loyal guests keep coming back to us time and time again, year after year. We love it!
EXCITEMENT-It’s a joy to see the excitement children get on their faces when they walk through our doors.
FAMILIES-We love that we can help bring families together.
SAFETY-It’s always comforting to see how safe our families feel once they enter Incredible Pizza.
TRUST-It’s really amazing to know how many parents trust us with their children. We appreciate that and don’t take it lightly.
RELATIONSHIPS-The life long relationships we build with our guests is truly touching.
CURIOSITY-Last but not least, we love how our guests are always so excited to see what we are coming out with next.
Thank you so much to everyone who comes out to see us! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do with out you and we truly appreciate you!!
Who would have thought the day would come, when literally the possibilities were endless!? Pizza companies have evolved and allowed their guests to essentially become the pizza makers OR Pizza-ologists if you will! If you haven’t tried it, you NEED to. You’re kids will LOVE it too.
Many people don’t realize that we are a custom-pizza making company. We can create just about anything you ask for. This all goes back to being part of the INCREDIBLE experience and we care about every last detail.
We have plenty of ingredients to make each pizza as incredible as ever, no matter what crust, sauce, or toppings are needed. If for some reason, we don’t carry a certain topping our Food Service Directors and kitchen staff are great at suggesting substitutes, BUT we have several options:
ranch, 1000 island, garlic oil, pesto oil, marinara, garlic butter, BBQ sauce, Buffalo sauce, Alfredo sauce, re-fried beans,Homemade salsa chili
Pulled pork Tomatoes
Ham Green Peppers
Pepperoni Onion (yellow and red)
Pork Sausage Spinach
Baked Chicken Broccoli
red bell pepper Cheddar
Black Beans Banana Peppers
We’ve received many requests. We allow our guests to essentially build their own pizza and try NEW things! Our pizzas are a work of art. We have a VERY creative kitchen staff here at Incredible Pizza Company and they make every pizza or dish with care.
As you may already know, we have made many improvements to our buffet recently, but one of the recent improvements is our pizza! Our pizza has always been INCREDIBLE, but now it’s even better! We have changed our dough recipe to remove saturated fats and now our crust is made with 100% olive oil. This increased cost may affect our bottom line, but we made this decision because we care about our guest’s health.
According to Medical News Today, “Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which is actually a major component of the Mediterranean diet. Populations from that region have longer life expectancies and lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, compared with North Americans and North Europeans.” Olive oil is better for your heart.
Our main goal, with any major change we make to our buffet, is to overall benefit the incredible experience for our guest. Creating healthier foods is a huge part of that & we will continue to go above and beyond to better your experience!