When spring flowers start and the weather gets warmer, many people start thinking “snow cones and ice cream.”
When Mike Kendall started his Ice House on Route 311 beside the park, he never guessed that the community would be as supportive as they have been and enjoyed his business.
“What I enjoy most about my business is that it is community friendly, and it is a very good tool for getting scripture passed out,” Kendall shared. “We enjoy the fellowship with everyone.”
He runs the business, with the help of his daughter Maddie and niece Emily.
“However, my wife does a lot of behind the scenes for it to operate smoothly,” Kendall added.
This year, the Ice House has many new flavors for the sno-cones, added to the many previous ones, banana, birthday cake, black cherry, blue bubble gum, blue cotton candy, blue raspberry, blueberry, butter beer, candy apple, cherry, cinnamon, coconut, cola, daiquiri, egg custard, grape, green apple, kiwi, lemon, lime, mango, orange, passion fruit, peach, pina colada, pineapple, pink bubble gum, pink cotton candy, pink lemonade, root beer, sour apple, strawberry, tigers blood, tootsie roll, vanilla, and watermelon.
He also offers about 50 snow cone combo flavors for those who like a little pizzazz added to their sno-cone.
You can also make it a snow fusion with your choice of drizzle, chocolate, raspberry, vanilla, or caramel.
He offers dye free and sugar free flavors for those who want to enjoy a nice treat without the adds.
Cyclones are a new add with vanilla or chocolate ice cream, including, cookie monster, strawberry cheesecake, s’mores, peanut butter and jelly, dark matter, nutty monkey and chocolate Oreo cheesecake.
Adding to his smorgasbord of options he now has refreshers which are water-based or seltzer water. Some of these are pink passion, red dragon, pina colada, scarlet rose with strawberries, tropical escape and the midnight storm.
He recently added an iced coffee frappe to the menu thanks to the consistent suggestions from his nieces, which he said that the adults are really enjoying.
His niece, Olivia, stated, “I promise you; they are better than Starbucks!”
He also offers flavor bursts which include coffee and cream, raspberry, strawberry, birthday cake, cotton candy, orange, butterscotch, blue goo and peanut butter.
Due to his other construction business, Kendall shared that he works a lot of hours and sometimes cannot predict his opening times.
“We shoot for 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the moment,” he said. “However, as it stays daylight longer, we will stay open longer and when summer break starts, Maddie will start opening at 1 p.m.”
They are closed on Sundays.
Kendall also has his third business, Mike’s Dog House which he sets up on occasion beside in the same lot.
He said people can look on Facebook to see when he will be open, to check out the daily specials at the Ice House and the hours or message him if you have any questions.
One can sit at the new picnic tables with umbrellas during the day or the nighttime lights in the evening and enjoy snow cones, sundaes, banana splits, shakes, hot fudge sundaes and whatever Mike comes up with on a spur of the moment surprise for his customers.