Back in 2011, Annmarie Mitchell was just perusing Craigslist for a car when she came across an ice cream truck. It registered a sweet and cool business idea.
And so KC Freeze, an ice cream truck business, was born. Named after sons Kyler, 12, and Cole, 10, it’s grown to be a cooperative business between the three.
The kids help serve some 20 to 50 varieties of ice cream from the truck or the converted Jeep that makes up the KC Freeze fleet. Mitchell hopes that someday, when they’re older, it can become a starter job for the boys.
“They deal with all aspects of it,” she said. That’s anything from manning the cash register to handling orders to serving.
As a single mom, she wanted to have a job where she could still find time with her boys. The KC Freeze truck provides just that — especially in the height of summer.
When she spotted the truck on Craiglist it was like a light bulb went off: There wasn’t anything like it in Gig Harbor and, after all, everyone screams for ice cream.
It started as a hobby for Mitchell, an Artondale resident. Now, she’s proud of the business she’s started with no capital funds and just one truck.
“I’ve built it from the ground up,” she said. “I learned that there’s a market for it here.”
But it’s not just Gig Harbor that KC Freeze serves. She has done events as far north as Bainbridge Island and she does cross the bridge into the Tacoma area.
Mitchell has a lot of experience in the mobile food department. She also owns the Hot Diggity Dogs stand seen at the farmer’s market and hopes to open a food truck soon.
“We’re getting close to being ready with (the truck),” she said.
The boys have their favorite ice creams, for Kyler it’s a Mississippi Mud ice cream sandwich, but there’s also parts of the work that can be hard.
Namely, for Cole it’s the music. It’s fun, but not as much “after you hear it play 500 times in your head,” he joked.
Occasionally the truck can be found on the streets, but it’s more likely spotted at markets and events. To book KC Freeze for a party, contact Mitchell at AnnMarieMitchell.weebly.com.