As temperatures continue to rise, a new Gallatin business is finding success offering customers a taste of winter one cup at a time.
Pelican’s SnoBalls, located at 817 South Water Ave., opened May 11 with a menu that includes more than 100 flavors of New Orleans shaved ice to choose from.
In less than one month, the popularity of the business has continued to grow with approximately 700 SnoBalls being sold on average each day, according to franchise owner Eric Miller.
“It has totally blown me away,” Miller said about the reaction from customers. “The lines have been so long that I’m now providing at least eight part-time jobs for people. It’s just exploded.”
In addition to 102 sweet, fruity and sour flavors that can be mixed and matched together, Pelican’s also has nine signature SnoBalls offerings like the Unicorn, which is topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with fairy dust.
Specialty menu items only available at the Gallatin location include the Green Wave (green apple and pineapple), The Bison (cherry cola and wedding cake), Pioneer (sour tsunami and black cherry), Smashville (blueberry and banana) and The Hulk (sour apple and grape).
A variety of toppings – marshmallows, gummies, Nerds, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, cream, sour spray and sweetened condensed milk – can also be added for an additional cost.
“It’s the consistency of snow,” said Micah Myers, who visited Pelican’s with his daughter Amelia for the first time Friday. “It’s not chunky or choppy. Even getting towards the bottom it was smooth all the way through.
“We’re already planning our next visit.”
For those with food allergies, Pelican’s also offers several gluten free and clear dye flavors. There is also a small peanut butter-flavored Pup Cup available for animals.
Miller first approached Pelican’s corporate office in late October with the goal of opening a franchise in Nashville. However, he found that rent was too expensive across Davidson County, which led him to look for locations in surrounding counties.
In April, the company initially turned down Miller’s request to open at its current location in Gallatin until he showed them plans for a grocery store and 456-home development that was planned nearby at the corner of State Route 109 and South Water Avenue.
“I got the preliminary traffic flow increase that they are anticipating from that (new development),” Miller said. “I resubmitted the facility to corporate and without hesitation they said I had it.”
The former environmental engineer and educator has been working to improve the former tire shop property since opening. He hopes to build a small patio deck and add several lawn games like bean bag toss and tetherball.
Pelican’s SnoBalls is expected to remain open until sometime in late November if the weather permits. It will then close until mid-March when the 2020 season will begin.
“We want to provide opportunities for families to make a memory,” Miller said about the business. “Smiles on faces is what it’s all about.”
IF YOU GO
What: Pelican’s SnoBalls
Where: 817 South Water Ave. in Gallatin
When: Open Monday – Saturday from noon until 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.