I first met the Guerrero family at the Seriously Fun Street Fair earlier this year. It was a hot summer day and I had just finished setting up the Rocket City Mom tent. Families were starting to arrive and stop at each booth – pretty soon I was chatting with moms and dads and noticing some of the kids had cups of colorful mounds of shaved ice topped with all sorts of candies and cream. Some were as big as some of the little one’s heads and no two cups were the same. My introduction to Crave Sno Cones did not disappoint!
Armando and Priscilla Guerrero came to Huntsville in February of 2009 and always had the impression that they were headed back to their home state of Texas.
“The Lord had other plans for us. The summer of ’09 my wife was pregnant and her biggest craving was a sno cone. Needless to say, she went that summer without a sno cone (shaved ice) as well as two more summers. At our third year we felt led to stay here in Huntsville and decided that if we were going to stay in the area, we would have to open up a sno cone stand to cool us down. This, my friends, is the short story how Crave Sno Cones came about. A small part of our hearts was opened to the public in May of 2012.”
Located in the heart of Hazel Green on Highway 231-431, Crave Sno Cones is set up in a portable unit, making it easy to pick up shop and head to community & church events, birthday parties, company picnics, and anywhere kids and their families might be hot and in need if a cool treat.
Parents will be thrilled to learn that the frozen concoctions have no high-fructose corn syrup, a surprising relief for kids with food sensitivities.
The Guerrero’s favorite part of being small business owners is their clientele. “Nothing is more pleasing than interacting with people in this business. We truly enjoy listening and conversing with new friends as we talk back and forth, get to know them and especially joke around while having a sno cone together. Getting to know people is just one of the many perks to having a little shack where we can take our time to provide customer satisfaction and ensure that we implement recommendations based on their input.”
If you’re a sno cone fan, you’ll be happy to see the flavors of your childhood are still available at Crave, and if they don’t have it, they’ll get it.
“We strive to serve people who want to reminisce and step back in time to their childhood. When someone says they like a flavor that we don’t have, we give them a timeframe for them to come back to get it. Another thing that sets us apart is our extensive list of flavors that we offer, as well as some unusual combinations that not many people would think of.”
As with most family businesses, the biggest challenge is the balancing act. “Time management, time management and time management. It’s a difficult thing to find a healthy balance of family time, business time, and coming up with new ideas to continue improving the people’s experience every time they drop by and visit.” Doing business by the Golden Rule is also an important part of the Guerrero’s philosophy. “All we are doing is having fun and treating everyone with love, kindness, and seeing people through His eyes.”
Crave Sno Cones is a wonderful treat on a hot summer day, plus they have the best selection of flavors I have seen. Everyone is wonderful and treat you like old friends. My family enjoys getting one every chance we get. – Michele Jordan
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Armando is offering one lucky Rocket City Mom reader an amazing giveaway. You can enter to win below: sno cones for up to 15 kids (+2 adult guests) and 45 hot dogs for a birthday party or other event at your desired location within Huntsville and nearby surrounding areas. This is HUGE – they’ll practically cater your party!
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