Texas entrepreneurs hit it big with floating Sno Cone stand

6:37 AM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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(KXAN) - Many local high school graduates are working summer jobs to save money for college. Three friends who attended Westlake High School decided they did not want the typical summer job.

Two weeks ago Christopher Bybee, 18, Brill Flint, 17, and Tate Bowden, 18, opened their first company which involves spending long hot days on Lake Austin.

Once the boys pick a spot for their rented pontoon boat and throw the anchor in the water, it is time to get down to business.

Their boat has a few extra features. A generator, sink, hot water line and shaved ice machine take up most of the room toward the back.

It is only a matter of time before boaters start flocking toward.

"Take your pick," says Bybee to a customer. Their eyes scan down the dry erase board listing dozens of sno cone flavors.

Flint and Bowden are in place ready to start filling the white styrofoam cups with ice and syrup.

"If you just do a very light pressure on the ice shaver it will come out nice and fluffy," said Flint. "It will feel like real snow. I think that's the key."

The high school grads scouted out the best sno cone stands in town to learn their secrets and came up with the unique idea of selling the frozen treat on the water.

"We try to do everything fresh and nothing premade before the customer gets here," said Bybee.

With no direct competition, family and friends chipped in about $6,000 to get them started through the crowd funding website Kickstarter.

Read more on KXAN's website.


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