With temperatures outside rising and school ending, now is a great time to find a cool, refreshing way to beat the heat and have a little fun.
Statesboro entrepreneurs Missy and Brian Nelson have the perfect idea for summer fun with their shaved iced treats. The couple founded Wavee Shavee Ice four years ago and have seen the business continue to grow in popularity and success. Their shaved ice cart has become a fixture at community events, birthday parties, festivals and corporate events.
Brian Nelson, who works full time with Yancy Rents, and Missy in the medical field, began looking for a small business that they could own. After a good bit of research, they settled on becoming a shaved ice vendor. They looked at franchising options and at buying an established business in another market and relocating it here. However, through their research, they discovered a “create your own” system that would allow you to enter the business at any level. They liked the idea of building the business from scratch and not having the restraints of a franchise.
Brian Nelson began working on physically building their first shaved ice cart and Missy went to work on creating branding and researching the best product so their clients would keep them coming back.
“Brain is very handy but he has never really built anything like this from scratch,” she said. “I must admit, that I was extremely impressed with the final version of our first Wavee Shavee Ice cart that he built completely. We introduced ourselves to the market at Mill Creek during the Fourth of July festival four years ago. It was an instant hit!”
One of the many differences with Wavee Shavee Ice is the flavoring system they use. Instead of sugar water, which is common, they use flavored syrup. The syrup has a more consistent flavor and clings to the ice better. They offer eight flavors, with their two favorites being "Tigers Blood," which consists of strawberry, Watermelon and a hint of coconut and Blue Rasberry.
As demand increased, they decided to add a second larger food truck sized Wavee Shavee Ice last month. Even though Nelsons did not build this one from scratch, he and Missy designed the food truck and had it custom built. Local sign company Whitfield Signs worked with them to create a wrap for the truck that makes it very eye catching at events.
“We love Statesboro and Bulloch County and created Wavee Shavee Ice as a way to give back and have a little fun”, said Missy. “With this in mind, we have worked to make it affordable for everyone.”
Missy gets her love of our community and desire to give back from her father, the late Gary Lee, who served for over 20 years as our County Agent. Gary Lee was a larger than life man who never met a stranger and who loved serving and helping others. It is no surprise that Missy is keeping this family tradition alive.
To learn more about Wavee Shavee Ice visit their Facebook page @waveeshaveeice