We just love shaved ice!
The Lyman couple opened Aspen Shaved Ice, a business on wheels serving 40 different flavors of icy treats.
Natalie Smith said she and Ryan had been considering the venture for several years and decided to dive in with a little inspiration from their daughter, for whom the business is named.
“She is what gave us the push. If there was any leap of faith, she gave us that and she made us tough,” Natalie Smith said.
Aspen was born 15 weeks early, weighing just over 1 pound and not breathing, the couple said. Natalie Smith spent 98 days with Aspen in the neonatal intensive care unit at Spartanburg Medical Center.
“I was working full time as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) at Spartanburg Medical Center while she was there,” Smith said. “I worked third shift at the hospital so I could be there with her in the NICU.”
When Aspen was healthy enough to leave the hospital, Smith said she quit her job to be with her daughter, while her husband supported the family with his full-time job at Lear Corp. in Duncan.
Now, Aspen is a healthy and happy toddler who enjoys cups of strawberry shaved ice at her parents’ business.
Seven days a week, people are likely to find the bright yellow shaved ice mobile parked along Highway 29 in Lyman, near Yellow Mama Music and Fred’s.
“If we don’t have an event, this is our central location,” Natalie Smith said. “I see a lot of familiar faces come by and I have a lot of repeat customers that come just about every day. I get to serve smiles.”
The gourmet shaved ice comes in three sizes and customers can add a unique twist with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom. Toppings such as marshmallow puff and gummy candies can add a finishing touch.
“The ice cream takes on whatever flavor shaved ice you have. People love it,” Natalie Smith said.
The business also caters to canines with “pup cups” — a scoop of plain shaved ice with a dog treat on top.
“We didn’t realize that the community, not even knowing our story, would love shaved ice,” Ryan Smith said. “As soon as you step out in faith, something good happens. And that’s what we did.”
By Alyssa Mulliger
Posted Jul 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM Updated Jul 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM
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