Given its traditional heat and warm weather, Sumter would seem like a perfect spot for a shaved ice snowball shop.
Bryan Keller, franchise owner of the new Pelican's SnoBalls at 471 N. Guignard Drive, said Monday he agreed Sumter seems to be a …
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Where: 471 N. Guignard Drive
Phone: (803) 201-9652
Hours: Monday-Saturday: Noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Bryan Keller, franchise owner of the new Pelican's SnoBalls at 471 N. Guignard Drive, said Monday he agreed Sumter seems to be a perfect fit for his fourth shaved ice shop location but that there are more reasons than just the heat and warm temperatures.
After opening here two weeks ago on April 5, Keller is all chills about the potential future of Pelican's in Sumter.
He said he likes Sumter's size as one of the larger cities in the state and the "community atmosphere" he sees here with all the neighborhoods and schools. He said he also thinks Guignard Drive - given its heavy traffic flow - is a great spot to sell his cool-treat creations, which combine smooth, fluffy snow-like ice and bold flavors such as sweet cherry, blue raspberry, cotton candy, pink lemonade and tiger blood (a mixture of strawberry and coconut.) The shop offers more than 100 flavors.
The ice is original New Orleans shaved ice, according to Keller, and its texture "melts in your mouth, and isn't crunchy like a traditional snow cone."
The snowball shop will be seasonal, Keller said, operating generally from March 1 through mid-October. In his fourth year as a franchise owner with shops in the Spring Valley area of Columbia, Elgin and Camden, Keller said Pelican's tries to create a safe, family-fun atmosphere.
Picnic tables and umbrellas will be up later this week outside the shop so families can sit and enjoy their favorite snowballs. Corn hole and other games will also be on-site later.
"What Pelican's tries to do that is very, very important is to make it a place where a family can come, feel safe and their kids can have fun," Keller said. "It's not really meant to just be a place where people come and get a snowball and leave, even though a lot of people do that, obviously. But we want to make it a place where people come and hang around for a while."
Keller said Pelican's also can accommodate mobile events, such as school events, festivals, church celebrations and community and other large gatherings.
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