Friday, June 5, 2009
Keeping the Heights Cool
It's hot already.
That's partly why I couldn't resist stopping by the new snoball shack parked in the Fiesta parking lot at 14th and Studewood. Also, I'm curious, and I wanted to know what the heck was going on.
Luckily, one of the three owners was manning MAM'S House of Ice Snowballs when I stopped by, and I was able to fire a fusillade of questions his way.
The New Orleans-sytle snowball shop has been up and running since Friday, May 29, although it has been "a year in the making." The co-owner that I chatted with is from England but has lived in The Heights for the past 2.5 years. He quit his job as an architect and decided to "jump on a whim" and "have a go at it" by opening a "cottagey, cutesy, cutesy" snoball shop on a piece of parking lot leased from Fiesta. One of the other owners is in the process of quitting her job as a receptionist, and the third owner works in banking as an accountant.
During their year of research, they uncovered a hierarchy of ice. Apparently, snow cones are on the bottom, shaved ice is the next highest level, and snoballs are at the very top, since they are like "eating snow." The owner describes them as "dreamy goodness."
They currently offer 28 different flavors, 6 of which are sugar-free. They are also in the process of working with a chef to develop natural flavors, and they are trying to accommodate customers' requests, including chocolate, nectar, and tamarind.
They are open every day from noon until 9pm (except when it's raining). They also sell sodas and candy, although pretty much everyone comes for the snoballs. The prices range from $1.75 for a small to $3.75 for a large, and they currently accept only cash. They are also available for parties and corporate events, and they are planning to do a charity event in October. If any of you hire a snoball trailor (or a taco truck) for a party, please invite me!
Future plans might include an open-mic night and/or a liquor license. They will also be using biodegradable cups, spoons, straws, napkins, and carriers soon.
I'm not really a flavored-ice fan, but I couldn't resist trying one after I had talked about it so much. I went with lemon-lime, although it was quite difficult deciding among all the flavors. I have to admit it was quite tasty--definitely very fluffy.