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Sold As Ice

Profit from: shaved ice, jewelry, medical claims processing.

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This story appears in the September 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Sno Shack's shaved ice is smarter than the average snowcone. With 80 flavors, ranging from Tiger's Blood to Mai Tai,the company's ice treats sell at beaches, swap meets,concerts--almost anywhere people gather.

Sno Shack first appeared on the concession-stand scene in 1978after founder and president Cheryl Lewis saw a shaved ice businessoperating in an abandoned train ticket office. Convinced there wasa market for a mobile shaved-ice stand, Lewis opened her first SnoShack location. "We were so well- received that first summer,we were able to set up eight more [locations] by the following[season]," says Lewis. Sno Shack now has about 1,200 standsnationwide and distributors in seven countries.

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