There’s no denying that Americans love ice cream, especially in the summertime. The average American will consume ice cream 28.5 times this year and in any given two-week period, according to research by NPD Group, 40% of Americans will eat ice cream.
If you’re passionate about ice cream and other sweet treats, opening an ice cream shop is a good way to share their passion with other people. Your ice cream shop can become a one-stop shop for all things sweet from ice cream to gelato to milkshakes to frozen yogurt to floats.
It’s estimated that 90% of American households regularly indulge in sweet treats like ice cream, so if you open up an ice cream shop, chances are good that you’re going to do some big business. If you’re seriously thinking about opening a shop, it can have many benefits including:
- Making Money: There’s nothing wrong with pursuing your passion and doing what you love, but there’s no denying that money holds a huge influence over most if not all business decision and making money remains the ultimate goal. If you’re good at it, there’s definitely money to be had. There’s no sure-fire way to turn huge profits and you’re likely not going to be on the same level as national companies like Baskin Robbins, but a well thought out business plan can bring in a steady revenue stream.
- Freedom: If you’re considering opening a one-stop sweet shop in your community the near future, doing so can bring a great sense of freedom. After all, you’re the business owner, so you get to make the decisions. You can design the place how you want, create the menu and have influence over everything from the ice cream flavors to the color of the spoons used to eat with..
- Making A Difference: During the summer, countless Americans stop into their local ice cream shop, thankful to get out of the heat and relax with their favorite cold sweet treat. During the summer, you see countless families stopping for ice cream. The popularity of ice cream and heavy foot traffic can turn your shop into the place to be.
Your ice cream shop can be a place to socialize, a place to meet new folks or friends and a place to relax. Your ice cream shop can be a very inviting place and a community staple as people are drawn to it for the delicious treats, the intoxicating smell of waffle cones and the friendliness of their local community members..
- Sharing A Passion: Do you absolutely love a particular ice cream flavor? Do you love to experiment with different flavors and try new creations? Is there a new twist you can bring to a classic frozen treat?
If you love ice cream and the wide spectrum of frozen treats, opening an ice cream shop is a great chance to share your passion with your local community and create a shop the way you want. From the décor down to heavy equipment to the spoons, you will be able to let your creativity show and get people talking once they get inside your shop.
On the equipment side, you’ll have the final say over everything from the color of paper drinking straws to spoons to the size of your to go cups to fun dessert cups for the kids. Maybe you want your straws, spoons and cups to match and go along with the décor of your place. Maybe you want the name of your store on the cups and bowls. Whatever you go with as you select drinking straws, ice cream machines, spoons and cups, you want to make sure you have all the necessary tools for your ice cream shop to be successful.
When it comes to opening an ice cream shop in your community, the sky is the limit. Armed with a good business plan, plenty of passion for what you do and loads of creativity, you can turn your average frozen treat shop into the must-stop, place to be in your town.