By Tina Snell, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearing the sound of music in the residential areas of Little Falls, Royalton, Rice, Pierz and more, people have opened their doors to see something from their past. Or see something totally new. An ice cream truck is slowing traveling up or down the street, calling everyone with its music to come outside and have some ice cream.
“We get to see smiling children and adults, kids doing happy dances and lots of jumping up and down,” said owner Rebecca McCollough. “ The ages of our customers are all over the place: both children and the elderly and in between. This job is so much fun.”
The large truck offers 50 different ice cream novelties that are priced from $1 to $4.25. The McCollough’s business, CC’s Frozen Treats LLC, uses Blue Bunny, Good Humor, Popsicle, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Johnny Pops (a gluten free alternative). The truck also stocks pop and candy.
The McCollough family, consisting of Rebecca and Garrett and their 11-year-old twins Cameron and Claire, just moved from Alabama to the Little Falls area in November. They made the move when a job opportunity arose for Garrett. Plus, they are closer to family which lives in Fergus Falls.
“We have been entrepreneurs for 18 years,” said Rebecca. “In Alabama we owned three Sweet Blend Cafe operations selling gourmet coffee, yogurt and ice cream.”
When Rebecca became pregnant with the twins, they sold Sweet Blend Cafe stores.
Garrett, a past youth minister with the Methodist Church, loves children. Both he and Rebecca feel that kids and ice cream go perfectly together.
The McColloughs found an ice cream truck in Iowa and brought it back to Little Falls. Rebecca and the twins travel the streets of several Morrison County towns, selling their wares.
“We looked for a job that would bring us joy and joy to the community,” said Rebecca. “We also wanted something to do as a family where everyone has a part to play. Cameron loves working with the customers and Claire works the cash register. We are teaching them skills and a good work ethic, along with the togetherness we get as a family.”
Some towns granted permission for the McCollough’s ice cream truck to roam the streets, others required a permit. Many of the local festivals they inquired about were already filled with vendors, but a lot said to come back next year.
While they don’t have an established route as yet, the current plan is to be in Rice and Royalton on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Friday, Rebecca said the truck heads to Pierz and they travel Little Falls every day.
“We do the west side one day and the east side the next,” she said. “On Tuesday nights, we try to make the baseball games in Little Falls.”
Along with the ice cream truck, they have a tricycle that may be used as a lemonade stand. The McColloughs rent it for parties to hold beverages.
The future is wide open for CC’s Frozen Treats. Garrett is already having another truck built which will include gourmet coffee.
“I am looking toward a fleet of trucks,” Garrett said.
The McColloughs are happy to be in Little Falls, in spite of the worst winter ever, their first in Minnesota.
“We are blessed with all the support the community has given us,” said Rebecca.
For more information, contact CC’s Frozen Treats at (320) 630-8352 or (334) 685-1248.