North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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July 25, 2011

Shaved Ice vendor calls business "blessing from God"

On the Job

NORTH JEFFERSON — If you or your kids have ever played a community sport, chances are you’ve seen Pandy Hope’s snow cone truck.

Hope has been in the shaved ice business for five years and the concession trailer business for four.

“I consider this business a blessing from God,” said Hope. “It’s a lot of fun. I love kids.”

Pandy’s Sno Biz is technically licensed out of Kimberly, but her trailer makes it all over North Jefferson County. Most of her time is spent at youth league sporting events; she typically donates a portion of her sales to the athletic programs for the privilege of selling her treats at the ball fields. She recently helped raise $750 for the Mortimer Jordan athletic boosters.

“I also do birthday parties, grand openings, I go to the splash pad and day cares... I know a lot of kids by heart,” she said. On Thursday, Hope gave a free small shaved ice to kids who participated in Gardendale-Martha Moore Library’s summer reading program.

Hope said it can be challenging to consistently find good venues for her business.

“Also, when there’s a huge crowd, I have to make sure I give each customer individual attention,” she said. “I’ve seen huge crowds and lines so long you couldn’t see the end of it, but the only person I paid attention to was the one right in front of me.”

Pandy’s Sno Biz has a variety of flavors, and even some creative combinations like “Georgia Melon,” a combination of peach and watermelon. Customers can also get some unusual toppings, like caramel and gummy worms. She even has six sugar-free flavors.

Hope is a member of both the Fultondale and Gardendale chambers of commerce.

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