Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is expanding in Osceola County and introducing additional areas of Kissimmee and St. Cloud to its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats.
“Folks in the area are already familiar with the Kona Ice brand, so I know they’ll love having another truck in the community,” said Jodi Hartmann, the local resident, veteran and entrepreneur who is launching her new food truck franchise. “Kona Ice provides an escape for people – it’s a moment to sit back and enjoy a tropical treat for a minute while enjoying the sounds of the tropics.”
Kona Ice’s escape from the ordinary begins as the sounds of tropical calypso music fills the air at each event and group gathering. The fun continues as all in attendance get their overflowing cups of freshly shaved ice and then help themselves to any of the ten tastes on the truck’s Flavorwave™ (an interactive dispensing system in which individuals select from one or more of the flavors to pour over their fluffy snow) or the additional 20-plus flavors and 500 different combinations available.
“I was ready for a career change and wanted to do something that allowed me to give back to the community,” added Hartmann. “In a prayerful moment contemplating what to do next, a Kona Ice truck drove by and I knew it was what I wanted to do.”
Equally as appealing about the launch of Kona Ice of Buenaventura Lakes is its philanthropic commitment to the communities it serves. Hartmann is continuing the mobile franchise’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. As she books events with these groups, she pledges to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each stop. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $62 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.
“Jodi shares our commitment to giving back,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “She wants to have a positive influence on the people in her community, whether it’s new text books, sports uniforms or, simply, a smile. We are proud to have her on-board. Together, we are excited to make a difference in the lives of those around us.”
Beyond fundraisers, popular spots for the food truck franchise include stops throughout Osceola, Kissimmee and St. Cloud at fairs, festivals, corporate events, neighborhood socials, church events and birthday parties.
To learn more about Kona Ice of Buenaventura Lakes and to book your next event, contact Hartmann by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 407-414-7296.