Heather Timm seized the opportunity to go into business for herself after being laid off from her job at a Malcom plastics factory.
A cousin had been operating a tropical sno stand in Montezuma, but closed it a couple of years before.
She said she jumped at the chance to buy it as owning the business had long been a dream along with the circumstance of being out-of-work, as well.
The crew at Heather’s Tropical Sno are left to right- Jamie Meyer, Lacey Timm, Brice Timm, Heather Timm and Rob Rauch. The new stand in the Pamida Store parking lot in Toledo features Hawaiian Shave Ice and is already proving to be a popular summer treat here, Heather Timm says.
The result now is located in the Pamida Store parking lot on U.S. Highway 63 (South County Road) in Toledo.
Open only a short time, Timm says tropical sno has been discovered as she and her friend, Jamie Meyer, have had days when they've never stopped working.
The featured product is shaved ice with "over 100 flavor combos." The tropical sno comes in a variety of sizes.
A grand opening for the new business will be this Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 with a drawing fro prizes for men, women and children.
Timm says her only obligation to the tropical sno company is to buy product from them.
She leases the space in the Pamida parking lot.
The tropical sno building needed a lot of work when she acquired it Timm said. She credits Rob Rauch of Rauch Restoration with putting it back into great shape.
If the business in Toledo succeeds, Timm plans to open a second location in Grinnell in 2013.
Heather is the daughter of Keith and Rita Blocker, long-time owners of the Sheridan Store.
The tropical sno in Toledo has been dedicated to the memory of Heather;s nephew , Austin Gragg, who died at age 19 of an aneurism, Heather said.