Summer and ice cream … ice cream and summer … the two go hand in hand. And in several communities, ice cream treats may be available right outside your door. Chris Davidson has the story.
(Sounds of the children’s song, “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” playing)
What you’re hearing is one of the tunes that may play in your neighborhood on any given summer evening.
Most of us know what it means:
(Sounds of children’s laughter and voices screaming, “I want that one. I want this one.”)
Sweet Dots is one of the companies that deliver ice cream treats, popsicles and snow cones to local neighborhoods.
(Sound of a window sliding open. Woman’s voice saying, “Hi, can I help you?”)
Niles High School student, Ellen Harrison, serves up treats like Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hello Kitty.
I just love when all the kids come up and they are so happy to get the ice cream and I love making people happy.
Sweet Dots owner, Joe Feudale says they have to comply with city and state regulations.
I have to have permit in each community – we go to Canfield, we go to Austintown and we go to Boardman. I have to get a health department permit from the county Health Department
Feudale retired two years ago and started Sweet Dots.
Oh yeah, it’s a great little addition to my retirement.
One of his competitors travels to a different tune.
(Sounds of steel drums playing)
The steel drum music signifies a Kona Ice Truck is nearby. Their specialty – like all Kona Ice Franchises – is shaved ice with flavored syrups, but they also serve ice cream treats.
Tim Oswald owns the only Kona Ice Franchise in Northeast Ohio. He started his business three years ago and continues to expand with additional vehicles.
He swapped a job in the transportation industry to deliver treats to kids of all ages.
After 25 years in the industry, getting screamed at by customers and employees, now the only people who scream at me are kids and it gives me such pleasure to watch smiles come across their face
In addition to regular routes, Kona sets up at community events and day care facilities.
Most of the day cares I hear from say this is the best-behaved day care day of the week because they know Kona Ice is coming.
(Child’s voice saying, “We like the ice cream truck.” Other children’s voices: I want to get purple. I want to get purple, too. I wanna get bwoo-bwerrrry.)
(Oswald). It is fun on the streets
For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Chris Davidson