LYNN KUTTER ENTERPRISEL-LEADER Jason and Kaytlyn Smithwick of Prairie Grove are the homeowners of Candy Scoops Blended Bar in Farmington. The enterprise gives conventional ice cream flavors, in addition to customized infused flavors.
FARMINGTON — Candy Scoops Blended Bar celebrated its second anniversary in Farmington by launching a brand new meals truck that has stayed busy at festivals, open home occasions, birthday and anniversary events.
Homeowners Jason and Kaytlyn Smithwick of Prairie Grove personal two vape outlets in Fayetteville and Springdale and have expertise managing Taco Bell and Papa Murphy eating places.
Nonetheless, opening Candy Scoops was a brand new sort of journey for them.
Working with a franchise is a “cookie cutter” enterprise as a result of the mannequin is already set, Jason stated.
“Right here, we are the ones creating all the things,” he stated.
The couple made the choice to open a enterprise in Farmington as a result of Kaytlyn grew up in Farmington and needed to present again to the neighborhood.
The following step was deciding what sort of enterprise to open. They brainstormed concepts. Jason stated they had been leaning towards a restaurant however neither was a chef.
He stated they thought of ice cream when it occurred to him that his household goes to ice cream outlets even in December.
With that call made, he stated they realized their ice cream retailer must be “actually totally different and actually distinctive” to face out in Farmington, which already has a number of fast-food eating places that serve ice cream.
“We additionally wanted to have an enormous footprint to attract individuals in,” Jason stated.
After a number of analysis and a number of studying, the couple selected a enterprise that sells ice cream with conventional flavors but in addition one that provides prospects the chance to create their very own flavors, thus the explanation for the title, “Candy Scoops Blended Bar.”
The restaurant gives conventional scoops of ice cream, together with customized infused ice cream. Different gadgets on the menu embody Belgian Bites, Bubble Wraps, grownup ice cream or liquor-infused ice cream, and macaroons.
Candy Scoops opened in September 2019 at 68 E. Most important St., in one of many suites on the Farmington Village complicated.
Like many eating places, Candy Scoops stayed open throughout the covid pandemic however it was robust, Jason stated. On the similar time, the pandemic gave them the chance to work on initiatives for the enterprise, akin to growing social media outreach.
The store was closed to in-person site visitors however open for on-line and cellphone orders and curbside pickup.
“We had one particular person manning the cellphone, one other making orders and the opposite working orders,” Jason stated. “We did a number of working. It was troublesome however we made it via.”
He stated launching a meals truck made probably the most sense as the following step for the enterprise.
The couple already was loading up a few of their tools and ice cream in a U-Haul trailer and going to occasions, akin to birthday events or workplace events.
A meals truck made a transportable ice cream retailer a lot simpler for them. The truck was used for the primary time on the 2021 Clothesline Truthful over Labor Day weekend. They posted a video from the Clothesline Truthful, and from that video, the enterprise obtained a number of requests for the truck to go to different locations.
“We launched the meals truck and it has carried out higher than the shop,” Jason stated. “However we would like the shop to be there as a result of Farmington has helped us a lot.”
Most days, the truck is about up on the Meals Truck Park at Filling Station 514 on Martin Luther King Blvd. The couple is ready for closing affirmation for a attainable six-week stint at Lights of the Ozarks on Fayetteville Sq..
Kaytlyn stated working a retailer and meals truck has been enjoyable but in addition difficult. The shop has provided promotions to assist usher in prospects. On its second anniversary, it provided free ice cream sandwiches. For Halloween, Candy Scoops’ promotion was 50-cent vanilla ice cream cones.
One factor the couple has realized throughout the first two years is to be optimistic and to hearken to others’ concepts.
“We’ve a imaginative and prescient for the long run for us,” Jason stated. “We wish to have the ability to develop this the place we make an honest dwelling and make it the very best it may be. Farmington is rising at such an exponential price, and it is actually thrilling to see the place it will go.”
LYNN KUTTER ENTERPRISE-LEADER The within of Candy Scoops Blended Bar has a number of murals for patrons to get pleasure from. The enterprise opened in September 2019 and just lately celebrated its second anniversary.