October 17, 2021

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Teens use pontoon to launch new ice cream small business on a western Minnesota lake

Hallie Strem, 19, Brooklyn Strem, 17, and Mya Haaven, 14, this year released a business on Maple Lake termed Ice Cream Island.

The 3 youthful girls from Fertile, Minn., started their small business for the reason that they have customarily used weekends from May right up until September at the lake with their households and did not want that to improve when they ended up aged adequate to get summer months positions.

”It was tough to go away the lake on gorgeous times,” Hallie mentioned.

When the Strems’ mother and father came back again from a Florida getaway this past winter season and told them about a company that sold ice cream on a lake there, the Strem sisters and Haaven resolved to to get started a similar business enterprise on Maple Lake.

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In January 2021, they started operating on the commence-up of Ice Product Island.

“We purchased a pontoon and we fixed it up, and transformed it completely,” Hallie said. The sisters and their cousin changed the flooring, taken out seats to make room for a freezer and put in a generator in the rear of the pontoon. They also wrapped the pontoon exterior with aluminum siding that has a large sticker with their small business title on it.

Aside from physical labor, setting up the small business also needed filling out a large amount of paperwork.

”There was a good deal extra investigate and sorts and preparing than we experienced at any time imagined,” Hallie said. That involved acquiring a license from the condition to run the business, discovering an ice cream distributor and figuring out how to preserve the merchandise cold.

But by late spring, the sisters and their cousin had the pontoon completely ready and the paperwork in purchase. On June 6, Ice Cream Island was introduced.

Ice Product Island’s owners hold the pontoon at Oak Cove Vacation resort and Marine on Maple Lake, where by they put the watercraft in the h2o, then drive to places all-around the lake. When at their sought after site, they drop anchor and begin marketing. The 3 entrepreneurs get assist with the small business from their good friend Tyra Burke, of Fertile, Minn., who assists them with product sales and promoting.

Other than promoting ice cream from Maple Lake docks, Ice Product Island occasionally tends to make deliveries to boats on the lake and hosts functions, this kind of as household reunions.

”We sell all unique treats from ice product sandwiches to sundaes,” Mya reported. Ice Cream Island also sells freeze-dried ice cream and ice cream tubes solution flavors change, from cookie dough to strawberry shortcake to Jolly Rancher candies.

Ice Product Island has had a thriving initially summer time, and up coming yr, Hallie, Brooklyn and Mya program to expand their ice product menu and market merchandise with their symbol on it.

”We have fulfilled so quite a few great people today this summer and have some awesome, loyal shoppers that prevent for ice cream every single weekend,” Hallie mentioned. “We get the job done challenging to make coming to Ice Product Island a enjoyment experience for everyone. The guidance we’ve gotten has been so excellent.

”The most effective component of working on Ice Cream Island is the prospects for confident,” she reported.

Ice Product Island will be on Maple Lake Saturday Aug. 28, Sunday, Aug. 29 and in excess of Labor Working day weekend, right before closing for the period.